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 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:
- are eligible to enter Canada
- are asymptomatic
- meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers
- meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in ArriveCAN before arrival
Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:
- hotel stopover (for air travellers)
- day-8 testing requirement
Until August 9, 2021: Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers are not available to those arriving in Canada by boat.
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:
- be eligible to enter Canada
- have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
- have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
- Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
- upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
- Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
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:
- Pre-entry test required
- Quarantine plan in case you don’t get the exemption
- Arrival test
- Requirements checklist
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:
- must quarantine for 14 days
- must follow all testing requirements (unless under the age of 5)
- are not required to stay at a government-authorized hotel
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:
- are symptomatic
- don’t meet the requirements
Prepare your quarantine plan
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:
- follow local public health measures
- maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
- keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days
If your arrival test is positive
- isolate yourself from others right away
- you will be contacted by your local public health authority
- follow their instructions
- keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days
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:
- the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
- the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
- a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
- if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
- file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
- maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
- preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
- these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French
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:
- stay at government-authorized hotel to await the results of your arrival test before continuing on to your place of quarantine (if arriving by air)
- complete a quarantine period of at least 14 days
- complete a second test on day 8 of your quarantine
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
- You must answer ‘No’ to the question “Is your travel exempt?” to see the vaccination questions
- If you’ve 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
- 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 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
- the vaccine you received is not an accepted vaccine
- the date of your last dose was less than 14 days prior to your date of entry to Canada
- 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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