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30 September 2022 update

Current entry requirements for Canada

As of 7 September 2021, Canada’s border has reopened to travellers from abroad. And from the 30th of September 2022, all COVID-19 restrictions for travellers have been dropped including vaccinations, random tests and wearing of masks on flights and trains.

As of 7 September 2021, Canada's border has reopened to travellers from abroad.
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To enter the country, travellers no longer need to show vaccination status.

Entry checklist

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

  • Your ETA

  • Your travel documents

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

Additional information

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

  • A border official will decide on your final entry into Canada. Their decision is based on the information they have 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.

  • Do not travel to Canada with COVID-19 symptoms

For more detailed information, please visit the Immigration Canada website.

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

Be sure to have all of your documents and information ready when applying for your ETA
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A blue lake surrounded by lush green forest
Entering the required information in ArriveCAN app before travel is optional
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ArriveCAN app

As of 30 September the use of the ArriveCAN will be optional. 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.

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