Guide for travellers

Guide for travellers entering Canada during COVID-19

At the beginning of the week, the federal government announced that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Canada and not need to quarantine. This measure, that will begin on July 5th, is part of Canada’s first phase of easing border measures.

In this article we’ll tell you the steps to follow if you are a fully vaccinated traveller and want to travel to Canada.

First you need to know if you are eligible for the eased border measures, and if your vaccines are approved by Canada. If you meet the specific requirements and have received the full series of a vaccine (14 days prior travelling), then this post applies to you.


In this stage you need to:

Plan your quarantine. You need to be prepared to quarantine in case it is determined at the border that you do not meet the necessary requirements. In your plan, you’ll need to confirm that you have a suitable place where you can stay for 14 days or longer. You also need access to the necessities of life (water, food, medication) without leaving quarantine.

Register for your arrival test in advance to save time at the airport.

– Within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada you need to take a COVID-19 molecular test and enter your information on ArriveCAN. The app will provide you with a receipt which you must present upon arrival.

– Have your ArriveCAN receipt and test result ready. The proof of vaccination must be in English or French, otherwise, you will need a certified translation.

What you need to enter into ArriveCAN:

As a traveller, you must use ArriveCAN to add your: contact & travel information, 14-day travel history, quarantine plan, confirmation of a negative pre-entry test (or positive test taken 14-90 days prior to travel), proof of vaccination, and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

At the border

This part it is not too difficult. You just have to provide all the information that you collected before, including proof of vaccination, if requested. You also need to:

– Answer all eligibility, vaccination, and health screening questions.

– Complete your arrival test on-site if services are available. Otherwise, collect a home test kit to use when you arrive at your destination.

– If you have symptoms or do not meet the exemption requirements, you need to follow the instructions provided by the government representative at the border.

Remember! The final decision on who gets to enter Canada rests with the border official. Preparing in advance can prevent unwanted surprises.

After entry

If you meet all the entry requirements and are fully vaccinated, you are exempt from:


– Government-authorized hotel stay (air travellers)

– Day 8 test

If you got a home test kit, you need to complete it and send it to the lab. If your arrival test is positive, you must follow the instructions of your local public health authority, including quarantine or isolation.


– Keep your proof of vaccination.

– Foreign nationals who are not eligible for entry under the current Orders in Council will continue to be denied entry to Canada. This means, fully vaccinated or not, foreign nationals cannot enter for discretionary (non-essential) travel.

– The Government of Canada is extending the temporary travel restrictions on discretionary (non-essential) international travel, including the US, until July 21, 2021,11:59 p.m. EDT.

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