COVID-19 – entering Canada (latest requirements update)

Effective January 15, 2022, Travellers are eligible to enter or return to Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

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

  • have received at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted for travel,
  • Or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
  • Or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 15 calendar days before you enter Canada
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 15 day condition
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • follow pre-entry testing and entry requirements
    • upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
    • complete your ArriveCAN submission and and have ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name
    • complete arrival test and quarantine if selected
    • monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for the 14 days after entry into Canada
    • if you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek advice from local public health

Accepted vaccines

Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Who can come to Canada

  • Canadian citizens (including dual citizens), people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons (refugee status) are allowed to enter Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Foreign nationals who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter only under the following specific circumstances:

  • Refugees
  • National Interest Waivers
  • crossing to or from border communities for work or everyday functions
  • passing through Canada to another country
  • temporary foreign worker (farming or food processing only)
  • approved permanent resident (who has not yet arrived in Canada)
  • compassionate reasons (funerals, caring for or visiting critically ill)
  • Humanitarian reasons
  • marine crew, including commercial fishing vessels
  • under age 18 to study or the immediate family members, or the extended family members of Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons registered under the Indian Act may enter for the purpose of reuniting.

ArriveCAN: New Requirements for Travellers

After January 15, 2022, travellers must be fully vaccinated to receive an ArriveCAN receipt. Travellers will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. They will also need to upload their proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN, which will prompt them to provide details of the vaccine, including manufacturer, country of receipt and date of receipt, and upload their proof of vaccination

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