Starting July 5th at 11:59pm EST, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will no longer be required to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving by aircraft will also not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.
To be considered fully vaccinated, the traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines that is accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country. Currently, those vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Fully vaccinated travellers must also be asymptomatic, have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada.
Fully vaccinated travellers must still comply with other mandatory requirements such as pre and on arrival testing. This includes having a suitable quarantine plan, and being prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that the traveller does not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. Exempt travellers must continue to follow public health measures, keep a copy of their vaccine and test results, and write a list of close contacts for 14 days after entry to Canada.
It is important to note that this policy is only eligible for those permitted to travel to Canada. You can enter Canada if you’re a:
- Canadian citizen
- dual Canadian citizen with a
- valid Canadian passport or
- special authorization
- permanent resident of Canada
- person registered under Canada’s Indian Act
- protected person
In addition, only eligible foreign nationals can travel to Canada. To be eligible to travel to Canada as a foreign national, you must be:
- an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident who is staying in Canada for 15 days or more
- an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident who is staying in Canada for 15 days or more
- a person who is authorized by the Public Health Agency of Canada to travel to Canada for compassionate reasons
- a person who’s participating in an International Single-Sport Event (ISSE)
- all other foreign nationals
For travellers who are not fully vaccinated, there are no changes to Canada’s current border measures. Before travelling, it is important to check both federal and provincial/territorial restrictions.