October 28, 2021

Domestic, international travel restrictions update

Laura McLean

— Information provided by COPA

With many countries reducing or removing travel restrictions, it’s important to be up-to-date on the changes and the current guidance. On September 7, 2021, new measures for fully vaccinated international travellers coming to Canada came into effect. Canada Border Services Agency has updated its travel tool kit to ensure travellers have the information they need to enter Canada efficiently. You can also find a number of helpful, travel-related resources on the Canadian Border Services Agency website https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.

According to the regulations, the Government of Canada will allow fully vaccinated international travellers meeting the conditions to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) purposes. 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.
  • 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.
  • Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (app or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan.
  • Take a test on arrival, if selected.

Additionally, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption are exempt from quarantine but must follow enhanced public health measures. On the other hand, unvaccinated youth aged 12 through 17 are subject to the 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day 8 tests, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

More details can be found on travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.

As more borders open and more travel is allowed, these guidelines may change. Make sure you check the travel.gc.ca/travel-covid to ensure you are complying with the current advice.