Travellers to Canada will no longer have to undergo pre-arrival COVID-19 test starting from April 1. This is the latest in the list of border-relaxing measures being adopted by Canada in the past few months in the wake of improved COVID-19 conditions in the country. The relaxation will be applicable to travellers arriving through all ports of entry. However, the government will be randomly testing travellers once they arrive in Canada.
At present, travellers to Canada need either to submit the results of a pre-arrival antigen test taken within 24 hours of flight departure or arrival at the land border of Canada. The antigen test must be approved by the country from which the traveller is arriving and it should not be taken at home. Travellers may also take a molecular test within 72 hours of coming to Canada. They also need to upload details documents of the test via ArriveCAN app before crossing Canada border. Further, at present, children below the age of 12 years need not quarantine for two weeks after entering Canada.
Vaccination for travelling to Canada
It will still be mandatory for all travellers to be fully vaccinated for entering Canada. This is applicable for permanent residents, temporary residents and visitor visa holders. However, some categories of travellers such as Ukrainian citizens, temporary foreign workers in farming and food processing as well as people who routinely travel across the border are exempt from this requirement. They need to be tested on border and quarantine for 14 days. They will also have to undergo a test on day eight of the quarantine.
Vaccines approved in Canada
- Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine
- Janssen(Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine
- Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine
- Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine
- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine
- Medicago Coviferz COVID-19 vaccine
Fully vaccinated means having the full recommended dose of an approved vaccine. Booster dose is not mandatory at present.The final dose of the vaccine must have been taken within 14 days of arriving in Canada. The travellers are also required to upload their proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app.