Travel to Canada During Covid-19

Entry to Canada: COVID-19 Update

The IRCC is now prioritizing immigration applications for applicants who are currently eligible to enter Canada. Foreign nationals who receive visas and permits to enter Canada will not be permitted into the country at the port-of-entry if they do not meet all current entry requirements. These entrance criteria have been recently updated and are only prioritizing fully vaccinated foreign nationals.

Beginning September 7, 2021, only foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption AND meet all other entry requirements will be allowed to enter Canada.

Beginning August 9, 2021, American citizens and PRs currently living in, and traveling directly from the United States, can enter Canada if they meet the fully vaccinated traveler exemption.

Visit the Government of Canada website or review our article on the new vaccination and quarantine exemptions to ensure you meet the current criteria.

Canada has made updates to their entry requirements: Keep reading to stay up-to-date!

  1. Exemptions for fully vaccinated travelers
  2. Traveler checklist
  3. Accepted vaccines
  4. Recovered from COVID-19 travelers
  5. Partially vaccinated travelers

Exemptions for fully vaccinated travelers

Foreign nationals who meet the above conditions will be able to enter Canada

Foreign nationals must qualify for the newly determined exemptions to enter Canada. The new conditions state that foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada starting on September 7. This means you must have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the last dose must have been more than 14 days prior to your arrival in Canada.

But that’s not all! Foreign nationals must meet all the conditions for entrance into Canada.

Fully Vaccinated foreign national requirements:

  • Be eligible to enter Canada (in regards to your visa or eTA)
  • Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Provide proof of vaccination
  • Meet all other entry requirements at border (pre-entry test, proof of quarantine plan etc.)

Foreign nationals who meet the above conditions will be able to enter Canada and be exempt from the previously required 2-week quarantine upon arrival and will also be excused from the 8-Day testing requirement.

Some foreign nationals, like those entering Canada to provide essential or medical services, may not need to meet all the conditions of the fully vaccinated exemption. You can review the government of Canada website to determine if you qualify for another exemption.

Traveler Checklist

  1. Pre-entry Test Results

All travelers to Canada including citizens must show proof of a negative COVID test taken before traveling to Canada.

  1. Quarantine Plan

Even though qualifying for this exemption would excuse you from having to quarantine in Canada, all travelers must show proof that they have a quarantine plan just in case. This quarantine plan must be entered into the ArriveCAN app before arrival in Canada.

Having a quarantine plan involves considering where you will stay if you need to be isolated for 2 weeks. How you will access essentials such as food must also be prepared in the event that you need to quarantine. The government of Canada website has developed a tool to help you assess your quarantine plan.

  1. Proof of vaccination- ArriveCAN

All travelers must use the ArriveCAN app to enter their quarantine plan as well as proof of vaccination up to 72 hours before travel. The app requires detailed information about your vaccinations such as the type, dates of each dose etc.

  1. Arrival Test

Border patrol is conducting randomized COVID-19 tests at all ports-of-entry. If you are accepted you must comply, even if you meet all the other conditions for entry. You will not be required to pay for this test and you do not need to wait for the test results. If you receive a home test kit, you must complete it within 24 hours of arrival in Canada.

Accepted Vaccines

Canada is currently only accepting foreign nationals who have received the following vaccinations:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/ COVISHEILD
  • Janssen/ Johnson & Johnson

Recovered from COVID-19 travelers

Those who have previously recovered from COVID-19 still must be fully vaccinated (2 doses) and cannot have any symptoms at the time of arrival in Canada. If you are fully vaccinated AND have previously recovered from COVID-19 AND have no symptoms, you will not need to take a test on arrival if you are randomly selected.

Partially vaccinated travelers

There are no exemptions for travelers who are only partially vaccinated. This means foreign nationals who have only received 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will need to get the 2nd dose and wait 2 weeks before attempting to enter Canada.

Travelers to Canada remember: 

Border patrol is taking great caution to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. It is important that you ensure you meet all conditions and criteria before travel. You must also stay up-to-date on any changes to avoid being denied entry at a port-of-entry.

Foreign nationals are expected to take reasonable measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. This involves always wearing a mask when in public spaces, even if you are fully vaccinated. You must also monitor your own symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should take a test and quarantine until you have the results.

If you have any questions, contact us at Cohen Brosh Law Offices for individualized advice and up-to-date information.

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