On February 15, 2022, Canada announced the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions.
As of February 28, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. EST:
- Easing of entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers.
- will be easing the on-arrival testing for fully-vaccinated travellers.
- fully vaccinated travellers will be randomly selected for arrival testing.
- Travellers selected will also no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
- Pre-arrival requirements changed for fully vaccinated travellers
- Fully vaccinated travellers will still need to be tested prior to arrival but can opt for using a rapid antigen test or a molecular test result.
- a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry)
- a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry)
- Taking a rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement – it must be authorized by the country in which it was purchased and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.
- Exemption of 14-day isolation for unvaccinated children
- Children under 12 years old, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will continue to be exempt from quarantine, without any prescribed conditions limiting their activities. This means, for example, they no longer need to wait 14 days before attending school, camp or daycare.
- Travel restriction requirements for unvaccinated travellers
- Unvaccinated travellers (Canadian citizen and PR) will continue to be required to test on arrival, on Day 8 and quarantine for 14 days.
- Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter Canada unless they meet one of the few exemptions.
- Government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.
- The Government of Canada will adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2.
- Travellers should understand the risks that are still associated with international travel given the high incidence of Omicron, and take necessary precautions.
- On February 28, 2022 at 16:00 EST, Transport Canada’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts where international passenger flights can arrive in Canada will expire. This means that international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at all remaining Canadian airports that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency to receive international passenger flights.