COVID-19 Updated 2021-11-26
We have received a lot of inquiries concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and we take those concerns very seriously. In an effort to support your safe and healthy settlement in Canada, please find FAQs and related resources below.
Can I still enter Canada as a traveller?
All travellers, regardless of citizenship, are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
A pre-entry molecular test is required for all travellers. A rapid antigen test will not be accepted.
To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:
- have received at least 2 doses of a Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines*, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada
- upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
- meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test result)
*Starting November 30, 2021, 03:01 AM EST, the following COVID-19 vaccines will be accepted by the Government of Canada for entry into Canada:
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
Detailed information from the Government of Canada about entry can be found here.
How can I check if I am eligible to arrive to Canada?
To check your eligibility to arrive to Canada, please use the Government of Canada’s travel questionnaire.
What if I only have a COPR or a visa? Can I enter Canada?
As of June 21, 2021, you’re exempt from travel restrictions, no matter what date your COPR was issued, as long as you’re travelling to Canada with a valid COPR and meet the requirements for entry into Canada.
You can’t travel to Canada on expired documents. If you have an expired COPR, you won’t be able to travel to Canada until IRCC reissues your documents.
More information can be found here. Please answer the questions on that page as they relate to your circumstances in order to receive the most relevant information.
I’m unable to land in Canada before my documents expire. What should I do?
You cannot travel to Canada on expired documents. If your documents have expired, you should not book flights or attempt to travel to Canada until you receive new instructions from IRCC. Please check this IRCC page for information on receiving reissued documents, and answer the questions as related to your circumstances.
I have been approved for permanent residency but am not vaccinated, or I have received vaccines that are not approved by the Government of Canada. Can I still enter Canada?
You may be permitted to enter Canada if you have been approved for permanent residency and provided you have an acceptable plan for quarantining. However, it will be up to a government official at the port of entry to determine if you are admissible. You will need to follow all testing and quarantine requirements. Please see this link for details. Once in Canada, many activities – and employers – do require proof of full vaccination (with vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada).
As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers who are currently exempt from entry requirements will only be allowed to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. Please visit this link to see if this applies to your circumstances.
Will I have to quarantine or self-isolate once I arrive in Canada?
You may be exempt from quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated, with vaccinations accepted by the Government of Canada, for at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. You can check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller who does not need to quarantine on this Government website.
However, you must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you don’t meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller. A suitable quarantine plan must be entered into ArriveCAN. You may be asked to explain your quarantine plan at the border.
What if my proof of vaccination is not in English or French?
If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French (Canada’s official languages), you must have a certified translation in English or French. Please see this link for full details, under “If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French.”
I qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, but am travelling with children who are not vaccinated. Will they have to quarantine?
There are specific requirements for unvaccinated children depending on their age. Children under age 12 who are not vaccinated are required to follow specific guidelines and undergo mandatory pre-entry, arrival, and Day 8 tests.
Unvaccinated dependents aged 12 to 17 will be subject to the 14-day quarantine.
For complete information on travelling with unvaccinated dependents, please see this Government website.
What should I expect at the airport? Is there a screening process?
There is a testing and screening process in place at Canadian airports. Please visit this link to learn about Canada’s COVID-19 testing process, including information on pre-arrival and on-arrival tests. You may also want to take a look at this page and helpful infographic about entering Canada.
Fully vaccinated travellers should refer to this Government page for more details.
Upon arrival in Canada, you may be asked if you have suitable plans for quarantine or isolation for 14 days, even if you are fully vaccinated. You will also have to use ArriveCAN (either through web or mobile) prior to entering Canada in order to provide mandatory travel information required for entry into Canada.
What airports can I arrive at?
Eligible travellers to Canada can currently arrive at the following ten airports:
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Toronto, ON)
- Calgary International Airport (Calgary, AB)
- Edmonton International Airport (Edmonton, AB)
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport (Halifax, NS)
- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (Montreal, QC)
- Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (Ottawa, ON)
- Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (Québec City, QC)
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto, ON)
- Vancouver International Airport (Vancouver, BC)
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (Winnipeg, MB)
Can I travel within Canada?
As of November 30, 2021, individuals aged 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to board domestic (and international) flights departing from most airports within Canada, as well as to travel on VIA Rail Canada. Please see this website for details on travel within Canada.
You should also check provincial and territorial restrictions for travel in Canada.
Can I exit and re-enter Canada?
As of November 30, 2021, proof of full vaccination will be required for travel within and out of Canada. A valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination unless travellers are eligible for one of the limited exemptions for vaccination.
Effective November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, who depart and re-enter by land or by air and can demonstrate that they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours.
Please review the full details here.
Because my estimated arrival date has changed, can I still use your pre-arrival services?
All our services continue to be available to our clients. Please remember to update your “estimated arrival date” on our platform, as accounts are deactivated after 3 months of inactivity from your “estimated arrival date”. Please refer to our website for updates and information.
Is there any financial assistance for newcomers?
Please visit the Government of Canada COVID-19 benefits and services page for details on available benefits.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please refer to the following government resources: