Canada (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 August, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, currently residing in and arriving from the United States, and who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption
September 7 (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption

Travellers are no longer required to book a 3-night hotel stopover when entering Canada.

Check if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption (https://bit.ly/3m6P0T2)
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 18.09.2021
1. Until 21 September 2021, flights from India are suspended.
2. Until 29 September 2021, flights from Morocco are suspended.
3. Until 21 November 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Canada;
– dual nationals of Canada with a Special Authorization approval email;
– permanent residents of Canada;
– persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
– passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
– immediate family members of nationals of Canada, of permanent residents of Canada and of persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act. They must stay for at least 15 days and have a quarantine plan. Staying for less than 15 days is allowed if they have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted;
– extended family members of nationals of Canada, of permanent residents of Canada and of persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act. They must stay for at least 15 days, have a quarantine plan, and have a written authorization issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Staying for less than 15 days is allowed if they have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted;
– passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC);
– passengers with a letter of authorization from the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH);
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate uploaded in ArriveCAN showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted;
– passengers younger than 12 years accompanied by a guardian with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate uploaded in ArriveCAN showing that the guardian was fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted;
– passengers arriving directly from the USA and traveling on an essential purpose listed on https://tinyurl.com/4absxrpa ;
– passengers with a study permit or a post-graduation work permit, issued by Canada. They must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. They must travel only to attend their study;
– passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
– members of the Canadian forces traveling on duty, and their immediate family members;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/s4tbrc8 .
4. Passengers and airline crew must submit their information electronically, at most 72 hours before arrival, through the ArriveCAN app or the website https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html . Passengers must present an ArriveCAN receipt before boarding.
5. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/uuf5nntc .
– Test results issued in India or Morocco are not accepted.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS.
6. Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Halifax (YHZ), Montreal (YUL), Ottawa (YOW), Quebec (YQB), Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Toronto Billy Bishop (YTZ), Vancouver (YVR) or Winnipeg (YWG).
– This does not apply to passengers arriving on direct flights from St. Pierre and Miquelon.
7. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days; details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, and their accompanying children younger than 12 years. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted. More details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada .
8. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 molecular test on day 1 and day 8 after arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS;
– residents of Point Roberts in Washington in the USA entering Canada to return to their place of residence;
– passengers who are members of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force traveling on duty;
– the COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 after arrival does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted. More details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada ;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y33jxz4f .
9. All travel restrictions may be prolonged as necessary for public health reasons.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Canada extended the travel ban for all direct passenger and business flights from India until September 21, 2021.

Upcoming border changes

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

-Effective August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
-September 7 (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated

The 3-night hotel stopover requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air after 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9.

You can travel to and 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

Foreign nationals, including United States (US) citizens, can travel to Canada only if they’re eligible.

Foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Canada

-Quarantine and testing exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers
Starting July 5, 2021, you may qualify for exemptions from some of the quarantine and testing requirements.

-You must be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine and meet other conditions, including being eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada https://bit.ly/3hhYyrE.

To be eligible to travel to Canada as a foreign national, you must meet the requirements for one of the following:

-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

Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

To be eligible, you must be both

-an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident
-staying in Canada for 15 days or more

You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you’ll quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.

Immediate family members staying for less than 15 days must be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Find out who’s considered an immediate family member and how to unite with them https://bit.ly/3jO20fv.

Extended family members of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

To be eligible, all of the following must apply:

-You’re an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.
-You’re staying in Canada for 15 days or more.
-You have written authorization from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you’ll quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.

Extended family members staying for less than 15 days must be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Find out who’s considered an extended family member and how to unite with them https://bit.ly/3jD4o8G .

Click here for detailed information https://bit.ly/3xjPlVg
 

Lockdown Details

To help curb the spread of coronavirus, provincial governments have introduced a number of measures. If you want to learn more about how each province is reopening you can visit this page (https://www.osler.com/en/resources/in-focus/returning-to-work)
 

Sources

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/covid-19-canada-extends-ban-on-flights-from-india-till-sept21/article35849362.ece
Data Source: covidcontrols.co