COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada

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Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller you are:

Required to show a pre-entry molecular test
Required to use ArriveCAN
Required to take an arrival test if selected
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from Day-8 testing

All travellers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller regardless of citizenship. Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

A pre-entry molecular test is required for all travellers. A rapid antigen test will not be accepted.

If you provide essential services or already qualify for other exemptions from quarantine and Day-8 testing, you don’t need to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller to enter Canada. If you think you qualify for other exemptions, find out if your travel is exempt.

Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French

If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French.

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

Translation of documents

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

If your proof of vaccination doesn't meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid. You will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

What is not accepted as a fully vaccinated traveller

Vaccines not currently accepted
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamaleya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

Partial vaccination

You must have received at least 2 doses of Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine, at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller and be allowed to enter Canada.

Recovered from COVID-19 with only one dose

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you still need a full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or mix of 2 accepted vaccines.

If you’ve only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

If you do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you may still be able to enter Canada.
Find out if you can enter Canada

Pre-entry testing and other requirements to follow for your trip

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must also follow these requirements:

1. Get a pre-entry test (accepted types and timing)

Who must take a pre-entry test

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must:

Types of pre-entry test

Accepted types of molecular tests

  • PCR - Polymerase chain reaction
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample.

Other acceptable types of tests
  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
  • Ct (cycle threshold)
  • CRISPR
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene
If you’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered

If you’ve already had COVID-19 you may continue to test positive after you’ve recovered and are no longer infectious.

If you are now symptom-free, you can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test when crossing the border, instead of a negative one.

  • The test must have been conducted at least 14 and no more than 180 days before:
    • the initial scheduled departure time of your aircraft
    • your scheduled entry into Canada by water or land
  • The proof of the positive result must be from an accepted type of molecular test

When to get a negative pre-entry test result

Flying to Canada

You must take a molecular test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada.

If you have a connecting flight:

Flying from India or Morocco

Direct flights

India

If you’re taking a direct flight from India to Canada, you’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport. The test must be taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of your direct flight to Canada.

Morocco

Direct flights from Morocco are suspended until at least 23:59 EDT on October 28, 2021.

Indirect flights from India or Morocco

If you’re taking an indirect flight from India or Morocco to Canada, you’ll still need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test, within 72 hours of your final flight to Canada. The test must be taken in the country from which your flight to Canada will depart.

Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid negative molecular test result or proof of a previous positive molecular test result taken between 14 and 180 days.

Arriving by car, bus, boat, ferry, or train from the United States

You must take a molecular test in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada

Short trips that are less than 72 hours

Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents and protected persons travelling to the United States are allowed to do their pre-entry molecular test before they leave Canada.

Providing proof of your result

When you arrive at the border, you must present an accepted negative molecular test result (paper or electronic proof) or proof of a previous positive molecular test result taken between 14 and 180 days that includes:

You must show proof of your test results even if you:

Keep proof of your test results with you for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.

Travellers should have their test performed at a reputable laboratory or testing facility (i.e., one recognized by the local government or accredited by a third party, such as a professional organization or international standards organization).

All travellers must:

Testing facilities and expenses

Select the country you’re coming from. Not all countries have testing facilities information available yet.

Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical services (including administering COVID-19 testing) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens abroad. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

If you don't provide proof of a valid COVID-19 test
  • Foreign nationals without a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test result, proof of a previous positive test result or who have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed into Canada
  • If a Canadian citizen, person registered under the Indian Act, or permanent resident does not provide proof of a valid molecular test result they:
    • will be allowed entry, but may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 plus additional surcharges or face criminal prosecution
    • may also be required to go to a designated quarantine facility if they are symptomatic on arrival at the border, or do not have a suitable quarantine plan
Fraudulent test results

All travellers arriving in Canada are required by Canadian law to respond truthfully to all questions. Providing false information to a Government of Canada official upon entry to Canada is a serious offence and may result in penalties and/or criminal charges. Foreign nationals who provide false information could also be denied entry to the country and/or be barred from returning to Canada.

Making a false declaration when boarding a flight to Canada, including the presentation of a fraudulent test result, carries the potential for up to $5,000 in administrative monetary penalties under the Aeronautics Act, in addition to a fine of $5,000 plus additional surcharges under the Quarantine Act, if the same false document is also presented upon entry into Canada.

Violating any instructions provided when you enter Canada or putting others at risk of a serious communicable disease are offences under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to three years in prison and/or up to $1 million in fines.

Who doesn’t need a pre-entry test

Most travellers, including those who qualify as fully vaccinated, still have to provide pre-entry test results.

Some types of travel into Canada may be exempt from pre-entry testing.

Find out if your travel is exempt from the pre-entry test requirement

2. Quarantine plan in case you don’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller

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

A suitable quarantine plan must be entered into ArriveCAN. You may be asked to explain your quarantine plan at the border.

3. Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN

You must use ArriveCAN, which is free to use, to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information up to 72 hours before your travel.

If you don't provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won't be considered as a fully vaccinated traveller, even if you meet all the other requirements.

Exceptions

Use an official proof of vaccination

The photos or files of your proof of vaccination may include a QR code and must include text with:

Canadians: use your proof of vaccination from your province or territory.

Uploading proof of your vaccination in ArriveCAN

In ArriveCAN, within 72 hours before your travel, you must:

Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel and for 14 days after entry.

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.

Travelling with mixed vaccination status or purposes of travel
  • Don’t include other travellers who are entering Canada for other purposes of travel or who are not fully vaccinated (unless they are less than 18 years old or a dependent adult) in a single submission. For example,
    • if you are a foreign national, including US citizens, entering Canada for discretionary purposes and are travelling with another person who is a Canadian citizen, you should complete individual submissions
    • if you are travelling with a group of adult foreign national with mixed vaccination statuses, do not include unvaccinated travellers in your submission; you will not be issued an ArriveCAN receipt as unvaccinated foreign national are not eligible to enter Canada for discretionary travel
Upload your proof in ArriveCAN
4. Checklist of what to have ready at the border

Have the following items with you, on paper or a screenshot for assessment by a government official at the border:

Land border crossings do not provide wifi for travellers.

5. Arrival tests - randomized testing and exemptions

Upon your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been selected for a mandatory randomized arrival test.

If you are selected for a mandatory randomized test, you:

Completing your arrival test

Follow the directions you receive on arrival to complete your test:

Who is exempt from arrival testing

Fully vaccinated travellers are not exempt from mandatory randomized arrival testing.

Find out if your travel is exempt from arrival testing

Fines and consequences of failing to complete the testing requirements

You are under a legal obligation to take the arrival test within the required timeframe. If you don't comply, you may not be exempted from quarantine. You may also be required to go to a quarantine facility, face fines, or other enforcement measures.

Your arrival test results

You can travel on to your destination without waiting for your arrival test results.

If your arrival test is negative:

If your arrival test is positive and you are a fully vaccinated traveller
  • Immediately contact and follow the instructions of the local public health authority where you are staying
  • Report your positive test result to the Public Health Agency of Canada by calling 1-833-641-0343
  • Keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days
Invalid or indeterminate results from your arrival test

You must take another test.

  • If you completed your test using a kit: another kit should be automatically couriered to you by your testing provider but it is recommended that you contact the provider to ensure a kit is on its way.
  • If you were tested on-site at the airport: contact your testing provider to find out how to complete a re-test.

How to contact your test provider

British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon

LifeLabs manages all COVID-19 testing for travellers arriving at these provinces.

Contact LifeLabs

Phone

  • Toll-free: 1-877-313-4982

Email

Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Switch Health manages all COVID-19 testing.

Contact Switch Health

Phone

  • 1-647-977-1030
  • Toll-free: 1-888-966-6531

Email

Manitoba, Quebec

Dynacare manages all COVID-19 testing for travellers arriving in Manitoba and Quebec with the exception of those terminating their trip and leaving the Montreal airport, where Biron provides the arrival test.

Contact Dynacare

Phone

  • 1-855-497-1071

Website: Dynacare border testing

If you arrived at the Montreal airport

Contact Biron at 1-866-382-0287

Children or dependents

Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, your unvaccinated children must follow specific requirements when you return to or enter Canada. This applies to unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.

For the next 14 days, the children:

Handout: Requirements for unvaccinated children under 12 years of age

Youth aged 12 to 17 years of age

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age 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 as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Follow the checklist of testing and quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated adult dependents

Dependents 18 years of age or over who are unvaccinated because of mental or physical limitation may enter but must follow all testing and quarantine requirements, even when they are accompanied by parents or guardians who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Follow the checklist of testing and quarantine requirements

ArriveCAN: If your submission includes travellers who are not exempt from the requirement to quarantine (e.g., unvaccinated 12 to 17 year olds or unvaccinated dependent adults), you will receive ArriveCAN notifications and will be asked to complete daily reporting for the unvaccinated travellers.

Testing positive or possible exposure within 14 days of your entry to Canada

Monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days after your arrival. If you start having COVID-19 symptoms you must immediately:

You must provide proof of your test results, if asked, to any federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government official or peace officer.

Troubleshooting vaccination issues in ArriveCAN

You didn’t see the vaccination questions in ArriveCAN or couldn’t upload proof

If you’ve already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt without your vaccination information (i.e., without an I or a V next to your name), start over in ArriveCAN before you cross the border. ArriveCAN will clear your previous submission.

Use ArriveCAN – It’s free, download the mobile app or sign in online

No receipt from ArriveCAN

If ArriveCAN didn’t ask you to upload proof of vaccination, or showed a message that you are not eligible to enter Canada, there are several possible reasons:

If you’ve already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt without your vaccination information (for example, without an I or a V next to your name), start over in ArriveCAN before you cross the border. ArriveCAN will clear your previous submission.

Contact ArriveCAN if you receive emails or notifications

If you qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller at the border, you should not receive further emails or notifications from ArriveCAN.

If your submission included travellers who are not exempt from the requirement to quarantine (e.g., unvaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds or unvaccinated dependent adults), you will receive ArriveCAN notifications and will be asked to complete daily reporting for the unvaccinated travellers.

If you are receiving notifications that don't reflect your situation, use the ArriveCAN contact form so that your situation can be resolved:

Contact ArriveCAN form

Your ArriveCAN receipt doesn’t include the letters I or V

You may see one or more letters beside your name on your receipt. This means that you may have to discuss one of the following with a Government official at the border:

If there’s no letter (V) or (I) next to your name:

If you’ve already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt without your vaccination information (for example, without an I or a V next to your name), start over in ArriveCAN before you cross the border. ArriveCAN will clear your previous submission.


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