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18 April 2022 update

Current entry requirements for Canada

As of 7 September 2021, Canada’s border has reopened to travellers from abroad. However, the country still has certain regulations that must be met. On this page, you can see all the requirements that fully vaccinated individuals must meet to enter Canada.

What to consider before you travel:

Fully vaccinated international passengers may enter Canada. At the border, you may be selected to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival.

As of 7 September 2021, Canada's border has reopened to travellers from abroad.
© Michael Chupik
To enter the country, travellers need to be fully vaccinated.

When are you considered fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of vaccine (or after one dose for those vaccines that only require one dose).

The following vaccines are officially recognised in Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen - 1 can
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • A combination of at least 2 doses of the above vaccines (cross-vaccination)
To enter Canada, you must be fully vaccinated prior to departure.
You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose.

COVID-19 test

As of 1 April 2022, passengers do not need to present a negative Covid-19 test to Canada.

Random checks at the border

If you enter Canada by plane, train or car, a border officer may ask you to take a mandatory rapid antigen COVID-19 test upon entry. Border staff randomly test people entering the country. You do not need to quarantine while you wait for results.

Who is exempt from random testing?

  • Recovered individuals with a positive test (at least ten and no more than 180 days old before entry) do not have to take a random test on arrival

  • Travellers arriving by ship are exempt from the test control

  • Children under the age of five do not have to take a random test

Many airports in Canada conduct testing on all international travellers upon arrival. To avoid long waits, you should pre-register with the test provider at the arrival airport. Registration at the airport test centre is done with the same email that you used for your ArriveCAN account.

Here is a list of Canadian airports that offer pre-registration for the arrival test.

International travellers

At this time, all international travellers have to follow the below rules, even if they don't apply to the general public:

  • Wear a mask at all times when in public spaces for 14 days
  • Maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
  • Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
As of 1 April, travellers no longer need a Covid-19 test to enter Canada
Travellers may still be randomly tested at the border
© Sonya romanovska

Entry requirements for children

Children under the age of 12 who have not been fully vaccinated do not have to take a Covid-19 test to enter the country.

The following applies to adolescents up to the age of 17 who have not been fully vaccinated:

  • Unvaccinated 12 to 17 year olds must be quarantined

  • You will receive notifications from ArriveCAN and will be asked to fill out daily reports for the unvaccinated travellers.

Children under 12 are not required to be fully vaccinated.
© Tourism Whistler/ Justa Jeskova
When entering Canada, symptom-free recovered individuals must present a positive test to be exempt from random testing
© Karen Best

Quarantine plan

Upon arrival in Canada, travellers must quarantine if:

  • They are not fully vaccinated (14 days quarantine)

  • They do not meet the requirements for fully vaccinated individuals (14 day quarantine)

For this purpose, a suitable quarantine plan must be specified in ArriveCAN by each traveller before departure. You may be asked at the border to explain your personal quarantine plan.

A suitable quarantine plan must be specified in ArriveCAN by each traveller before departure just in case.
The airport official will check all your documents prior to departure.

ArriveCAN app

Before you can enter Canadian soil as a fully vaccinated person, the authorities require a virtual travel and vaccination certificate. It is therefore necessary that you upload your quarantine and travel information as well as the vaccination certificate to the ArriveCAN app 24 hours before departure. You can use ArriveCAN free of charge on your smartphone or computer. If you do not upload your details to ArriveCan, you are automatically considered not fully vaccinated, even if you meet all other requirements.

Before using ArriveCAN, read the following notes:

1. Have your travel documents and vaccination card ready

2. Create your free ArriveCAN user account

Proof of vaccination:

  • Must be a Government-issued certificate, ID, card, receipt or confirmation showing that you have received the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

  • A QR code alone is not enough

Your vaccination certificate must show the following text:

  • Your name

  • The name of the vaccination facility

  • The vaccine brand or other information identifying the vaccine(s).

  • All date indicators for the days you were vaccinated

  • Your vaccination certificate must be in English, French or a certified translation into English or French

  • You may also send your vaccination certificate to someone who will fill out your ArriveCAN form with your details for you

  • Use only original files or take a well-lit photo of your official paper proof

  • Accepted file formats: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG

  • Each individual file must not exceed a size of 2 MB

  • Make a cache of your attachments before uploading them

  • If you use the ArriveCAN Mobile App, save your files on your mobile phone

  • When you register online with ArriveCAN, you save your data on your computer

This is how the upload to ArriveCAN works:

  • Login to ArriveCAN from a computer or use the mobile app

  • Answer all questions about your trip and your vaccinations

  • When prompted to upload your vaccination record, click the "Add File or Photo" button

  • Select the immunisation record file or photo saved in step 5

  • If the evidence for your first and second doses is in separate files or photos, click the Add button again

  • Then upload both files or photos

  • Once the file is successfully uploaded, the "Add File or Photo" button will disappear

  • Go ahead and finally upload your data

Once you have answered all the questions and successfully uploaded your vaccination certificate, the letter I or V will appear next to your name on your ArriveCAN receipt.

You must enter the required information in ArriveCAN before travel.
© Gardens BC/Daniel Mosquin
Once you have answered all the questions and successfully uploaded your vaccination certificate, the letter I or V will appear next to your name on your ArriveCAN receipt.
© Destination BC/Boomer Jerritt

Your eTA for visa-free entry

Except for US citizens and Canadians, all other travellers require a visa or Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. This is very easy to apply for online and it usually only takes a few minutes until you receive the confirmation by email. However, if you are asked to submit additional documents, the processing time may extend to several days. It is therefore advisable not to book your flight to Canada until after you have received your eTA.

If you apply for an eTA, you pay a small processing fee. An eTA must be available for each person entering the country. For example, for a family of four, you will need to fill out and submit four separate forms.

Click here to apply for an eTA on the Canadian government's website.

Your ETA must be requested at least 72 hours prior to departure.
© Ethan Wilkinson

Entry checklist

Have the following ready upon arrival for a Canadian border check:

  • Your ETA

  • Your ArriveCAN receipt with the letter I, V or A next to the vaccinated traveller's name

  • Vaccination certificate uploaded to ArriveCAN (original or paper copy)

  • Your quarantine plan

  • Your travel documents

Additional information

The above information does not guarantee entry into Canada. Please note the following:

  • Do not travel to Canada with COVID-19 symptoms

  • A border official will decide on your final entry into Canada: All travel and vaccination card information must be available for this. His decision is based on the information he has at the time of your arrival.

  • You must comply with entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act: You will need all the relevant travel and border crossing documents to do this.

Failure to comply with a COVID-19 Emergency Order is a criminal offence under the Quarantine Act and may result in a prison sentence and/or fine. For more detailed information, please visit the Immigration Canada website.

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