How Covid-19 vaccinated travelers entering Canada
When Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favorable, the Government intends to open the borders for fully vaccinated travelers from over the world to enter Canada if they meet the specific entry criteria. So, having a travel plan to Canada means two doses vaccinated travelers must know how they can immigrate to Canada and what they need to do for the best trip.
Until recently, the government has not publicly confirmed the plan to reopen borders. The IRCC noted: “September 7, 2021 (tentative): All other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption will be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel.” However, if Canada hits a severe fourth wave of COVID-19, the regulations may alter. While waiting for confirmation from the government, vaccinated passengers must be aware of the following information:
1. How to qualify for the fully vaccinated travelers?
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According to IRCC, to be eligible to immigrate to Canada and be exempt from quarantine days, a person must be a fully vaccinated traveler who received the two vaccine doses, or a combination of accepted vaccines by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before immigrating Canada. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are accepted vaccines. Passengers can take the vaccines in any place or country, but they need to provide evidence supporting vaccination in French, English, or bilingual certification. In addition, passengers also need a negative Covid-19 test result to upload on the ArriveCan app/website within 72 hours to show at the borders on the arrival day.
Travelers are not qualified for an exemption to immigrate to Canada for discretionary purposes if they are partially vaccinated or only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
2. How Covid-19 vaccinated travelers entering Canada?
Fully immunized passengers can enter Canada if the borders open on September 7, 2021. However, they must still adhere to the mandate’s requirements:
Pre-entry test result
All passengers must take the test and receive the results within three days before their journey to Canada. If they have a connecting flight, they must complete the test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the last direct flight to Canada.
Quarantine plan in case you don’t qualify for the exemption
All travelers must still submit a valid quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine if they do not fulfill all of the requirements necessary to be exempt from quarantine.
Vaccination documentation in ArriveCAN
Passengers must utilize ArriveCAN up to 72 hours before departure to input their vaccination status and proof of vaccination, quarantine (if applicable), and travel details. If travelers are not exempt from using ArriveCAN and do not provide the relevant information in ArriveCAN, they are not qualified for the exemption.
Checklist of items to have on hand at the border:
Immigrants should bring the following items to the border for check by a government official:
- ArriveCAN receipt with attached immunization evidence
- 2 pictures for two doses
- Vaccination documentation
- Results of pre-entry tests – additional travel papers
Arrival screenings - randomized testing and exemptions:
Unless they are randomly selected to perform a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test, fully vaccinated travelers will not require a post-arrival test. Travelers can perform a randomized arrival test on the day they arrive, or they can get a home test kit to complete within 24 hours.
3. Stay safe – Stay healthy
Travelers have to follow public health measures in place, such as controlling for symptoms of COVID-19, wearing masks in public, and keeping a copy of their immunization supporting documents and test results – as well as a list of close contacts and locations, visited – for 14 days after entering Canada. With limited exclusions and regardless of immunization status, travelers must continue to wear masks in Canadian airports and on flights to, from, and within Canada.
In case the passengers start having positive Covid symptoms within 14 days of their entry to Canada, they must immediately report symptoms to the local public health and ask for their direction to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
For more than a year and a half, Canada restricted all non-essential international visitors. With this tentative agreement on the table, fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter Canada for their discretionary purposes, for education and working, without a mandated arrival test or quarantine. Once again, this unrestricted policy has placed Canada at the top of the list of nations with opening immigration policies, whereas Covid-19 is still the main reason for others not opening their borders for international travel.
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