travelling to Canada as a tourist

Who can travel to Canada as a tourist?

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Canada will open its borders on September 7, 2021, to any fully vaccinated travellers. However, things are still not totally back to normal and there are more requirements that you must meet. Here we will tell you everything you need to know before travelling to Canada as a tourist.

When will travel to Canada resume?

The dates are subject to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, but for now, the government announced the following:

1. On August 9th: fully vaccinated U.S. tourists can enter Canada. To be eligible, these travellers have to:

    • Have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French.
    • Provide information related to COVID-19 through ArriveCAN.
    • Meet the pre-entry testing requirements.
    • Be asymptomatic upon arrival.
    • Additionally, these travellers have to present a quarantine plan in case they don’t meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine.

2. On September 7th: fully vaccinated foreign nationals coming to Canada for discretionary (non-essential) purposes can enter Canada. This includes:

    • Travellers who qualify for entry under another exemption (e.g. immediate or extended family member).
    • Travellers who are coming to Canada for essential reasons, such as temporary foreign workers, or international students.

This group will also be required to submit information relating to their vaccination status via the ArriveCAN app. Furthermore, fully vaccinated travellers have to provide a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French. They also have to meet the pre-entry testing requirements and be asymptomatic upon arrival.

And remember, the final decision on who gets to enter Canada rests with the border official. Preparing in advance can prevent unwanted surprises.

Fully vaccinated travellers

To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine—or combination of vaccines—, at least 14 days before entering Canada. Currently, the vaccines approved by Health Canada are Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (Vaxzevria), and Johnson & Johnson.

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future as evidence becomes available. But, for now, Canada is only accepting the vaccines mentioned above.

Can I travel from India?

On April 22, 2021, Canada introduced a travel ban for India. Unfortunately, this measure has been extended until August 21st. However, travellers from India can take an indirect route.

According to the government, people who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result from a third country. This means that they will need to have a long layover in a third country before continuing to Canada.

You can read more about this option in the following article:

Do I need to quarantine?

It depends. As I mentioned before, the final decision on who gets to enter Canada rests with the border official. Thus, preparing in advance can prevent unwanted surprises. Also, all travellers need to present a quarantine plan in case they don’t meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine.

According to Canada’s website, starting August 9, 2021, if someone is eligible to enter Canada, meets specific criteria, and is fully vaccinated, that person will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada. Of course, this is subject to limited exceptions. Starting August 9, you also do not need a post-arrival test unless you have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.

What is an acceptable proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination is the paper that your healthcare providers gave you.  It must be in English or French. If it is in any other language, you have to upload a certified translation to ArriveCAN, but not the original. However, you will have to keep both the original proof of vaccination and certified translation with you while you travel.

If your proof of vaccination does not meet all of the government’s requirements, officials may consider it invalid. They may then ask you to complete the regular quarantine and testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers.

What do I need to do before and after travelling to Canada?

If you want to know the steps to follow pre-borderat the border, and after entry please visit the following article:

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