[Canada border restrictions update] Fully vaccinated tourists can now enter Canada
As was announced on July 19, the Government of Canada will allow fully vaccinated tourists if they completed the full course of vaccination with an approved vaccine 14 days before entering Canada.
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1. How fully vaccinated tourists can come to Canada?
Beginning at 12:01 am EDT on September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism; however, these individuals must:
- be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada
- Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests,” are not accepted
- be asymptomatic
- submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan
- be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- take a test on arrival, if selected
2. What you need to know before travelling to Canada?
All travellers must still adhere to the mandate’s requirements. Travellers coming to Canada are required to use the ArriveCAN mobile or web application where they will submit their personal and travel information.
They will need to show a pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result, even if they are fully vaccinated. Travellers may also be selected at random to conduct a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada. They will also need to show proof of their vaccination, and must not have any symptoms of the virus.
Unvaccinated individuals under 12 years old will be allowed to enter Canada without needing to quarantine if their parent or guardian is fully vaccinated and is accompanying them.
3. Which airport in Canada accepts international flights?
There are only nine Canadian airports allows international flights to arrive:
- Toronto Pearson International Airport;
- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport;
- Vancouver International Airport;
- Calgary International Airport;
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
- Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
- Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport;
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport;
- Edmonton International Airport.
In addition, flights from India will continue to be banned until at least September 21, and flights from Morocco will be banned until at least September 29.
Those travelling from India or Morocco will need to stop at a third country, where they will have to get a negative COVID-19 test, before continuing to Canada. The COVID-19 test will need to be conducted within 72 hours before the departure of the final flight to Canada.
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