Starting April 1st 2022, fully vaccinated travellers coming into Canada by air, land, or water will no longer have to show a negative Covid test upon arrival. Anyone flying in before April 1st are still required to take a Covid test.
Although not every single traveller will need to take a Covid test, there will be random selections at airports. In which, the traveller will take a COVID-19 molecular test. Travellers selected for testing will not have to quarantine while waiting for the results.
Who is Considered a Fully Vaccinated Traveller?
Fully vaccinated travellers include foreign nationals and Canadian citizens who have received a complete dosage of the Covid vaccine. The other requirements include:
- who have received the full recommended doses of an approved vaccine.
- who have received the final dose 14 days before their departure or earlier.
Approved Vaccines in Canada
There are a total of six approved vaccines in Canada. They are:
- Moderna SpikeVax
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- Medicago Covifenz
In addition, the types of vaccines that are accepted in Canada include:
- mRNA Vaccines
- Viral vector-based vaccines
- Protein subunit vaccines
- Plant-based vaccines
No matter what kind of traveller you are, foreign national or Canadian citizen, you will still need to use the Arrive-CAN app. In it you can add all the information regarding your vaccination status and any other travel information.
Requirements for Unvaccinated Travellers
Foreign nationals (non-Canadians) who wish to enter Canada, but are not considered fully vaccinated will not be permitted into the country even if a negative test is provided. In some cases, some unvaccinated travellers may apply to enter Canada, depending on the reason they wish to enter. While there are legitimate reasons to come into Canada without being fully vaccinated, they cannot guarantee entry.
You can find out if your situation will allow you entry into Canada by looking at the travel restrictions page.
If you are permitted into Canada and are not fully vaccinated, then you will still be required to take a pre-entry Covid test. Accepted types of Covid tests that are accepted include:
- a valid, negative antigen test, from a legitimate lab or testing provider, taken outside of Canada less than 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry; or
- a valid negative molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry; or
- a previous positive molecular test taken between 10 and 180 calendar days before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry. It is important to note that positive antigen test results will not be accepted.
Disclaimer: The information is obtained directly from the Government of Canada websites. The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check the Government of Canada’s official website and digital channels.