COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada

Automatic notifications/ e-mails from ArriveCAN

You may receive daily notifications and/or emails about quarantine and Day-8 testing. Follow the instructions of the border services officer upon entry, including the paper handout you were provided. If you qualify for the quarantine and testing exemptions, you may ignore these notifications.

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  • Exemptions for vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions
  • Check if you qualify for the exemption
  • Entry requirements for the fully vaccinated exemption
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Troubleshooting proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions

    Fully vaccinated travellers who arrived before 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 5, aren’t eligible for these exemptions. If you returned to Canada before this time, you must complete your 14-day quarantine and a Day-8 test.

    You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:

    Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:

    Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

    Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border.

    Find out if you can enter Canada

    Check if you qualify for the exemption

    To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:

    Accepted vaccines:

    Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

    The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

    If you received your vaccines outside Canada, it’s still accepted but proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

    Entry requirements for the fully vaccinated exemption

    Fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:

    Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated

    Children under the age of 18, or dependent adults, who are not fully vaccinated, but who are accompanied by fully vaccinated travellers:

    Pre-entry test required

    Quarantine plan in case you don’t get the exemption

    Final determination of whether or not you qualify for the exemption is made by a government representative at the border.

    You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:

    Prepare your quarantine plan

    Arrival testing

    Register in advance for your test to save time at the border.

    You can travel on to your destination. You don’t need to wait for your arrival test results.

    Follow the instructions provided to you upon entry to Canada to complete your arrival (day 1) test. Airports and some land borders have on-site testing or sample observation services where you can complete your test.

    If you receive a home test kit instead, complete it on the day you arrive and send it to the lab following the instructions provided.

    If your arrival test is negative:

    If your arrival test is positive

    Requirements checklist

    All travellers should follow the checklist to know what to bring to the border:

    Provinces and territories may have their own border measures as well as public health guidelines, so it's important that travellers check for the most up-to-date travel requirements for the province or territory of destination.

    Provincial and territorial restrictions

    Proof of vaccination

    You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.

    If you don't provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won't be considered for the exemption, even if you meet all the other requirements.

    Until July 23: if you get the exemption, you may receive notifications from ArriveCAN after you arrive in Canada but you aren’t required to respond.

    Providing proof of your vaccination

    In ArriveCAN, you must provide:

    Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel.

    Providing a certified translation if your proof is not in French or English

    If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, do not upload it into ArriveCAN.

    Instead, you need to upload a certified translation in English or French.

    Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.

    We only accept translations by a certified translator.

    Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.

    Translation of documents

    If your proof of vaccination doesn't meet all of the requirements it will be considered invalid and you will be required to:

    Final determination of your vaccination status will be made at the border. You must bring a digital or paper copy of your proof(s) of vaccination with you.

    Use ArriveCAN - download the mobile app or sign in online

    No exceptions for partially-vaccinated travellers

    At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

    Troubleshooting proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN

    You didn’t see the vaccination questions in ArriveCAN - couldn’t upload proof
    If you used ArriveCAN before the vaccination feature was added on July 5, 2021

    If you’ve already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt without your vaccination status, start over in ArriveCAN before you cross the border. ArriveCAN will clear your previous submission.

    If you have installed the ArriveCAN mobile app, update it first (if you don’t have auto update on). Use ArriveCAN - download the mobile app or sign in online

    ArriveCAN is asking if you pre-booked a hotel

    If ArriveCAN didn’t ask you to upload proof of vaccination, and/or asked if you pre-booked a government-authorized hotel, there are 3 possible reasons

    1. the vaccine you received is not an accepted vaccine
    2. the date of your last dose was less than 14 days prior to your date of entry to Canada
    3. you're trying to upload proof of vaccination before the vaccination feature has been added to ArriveCAN
      • Start over after the feature has been added on July 5th, 2021. Your previous submission will be cleared automatically.
      • If you are using the ArriveCAN mobile app, update the app before using it.

    If at least one traveller in the submission is not fully vaccinated, you will be asked if you have booked a government-authorized hotel and you will continue to receive notifications from ArriveCAN.

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