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Canada: restrictions and entry requirements 2022

Borders are open with restrictions.

For entry to Canada:

  • every passenger older than 12 must have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate uploaded in ArriveCAN;
  • plus every passenger older than 5 must have a negative COVID-19 test result.

Every passenger older than 12 must have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate uploaded in ArriveCAN.

This rule does not apply to:

  • citizens of Canada;
  • permanent residents of Canada;
  • persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
  • passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for compassionate entry;
  • passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
  • passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • citizens of Ukraine and their immediate family members with a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit or a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa.
  • More exemptions can be found here.

Arriving people must have:

  • a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most one day before departure of the last direct flight to Canada;
  • a negative COVID-19 test result of a test taken outside of Canada not more than 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS.

This doesn’t apply to:

  • children under 5;
  • children between 5 and 11 years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents/guardians;
  • holders of a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken at least 10 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS;
  • holders of a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate. See requirements for certificates below.

Arriving people must stay under quarantine for 14 days. Certain persons are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement of the Order when entering Canada for the purposes of performing an essential job or function. 

You can get more information on the website 

This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • children under 12 years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents/guardians;
  • holders of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination +14 days) before arrival, and their accompanying children younger than 12 years. The certificate must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Sinopharm and Sinovac, Janssen, Medicago Covifenz, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty). A combination of vaccines is accepted. More details can be found here for vaccinated passengers and here for unvaccinated passengers.
 

Arriving people must submit their travel information not more than 72 hours before arrival through the ArriveCAN app or the website. They must present an ArriveCAN receipt before boarding.

Arriving people are subject to a COVID-19 molecular test on the 1st and the 8th days after arrival.

This doesn’t apply to:

  • holders of a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken at least 11 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS;
  • residents of Point Roberts in Washington in the USA entering Canada to return to their place of residence.

Until 15 July the COVID-19 this does not apply to holders of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination +14 days) before arrival. The certificate must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Sinopharm and Sinovac, Janssen, Medicago Covifenz, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty). A combination of vaccines is accepted.

 

More information about the test and hotel quarantine can be found here

The vaccination certificate considering valid if:

  • it is uploaded in ArriveCAN;
  • it is showing that the owner was fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival;
  • it must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation;
  • vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Medicago Covifenz, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.
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