New Entry Rules to Canada for Vaccinated Tourists

Canada opened borders to travelers from all over the world. Find out what conditions a foreigner needs to meet and what vaccines are approved in Canada by following this post.

Coronavirus has forced many countries to shut their borders and enforce a lockdown to protect citizens. But as we learn to deal with the virus, opportunities to lift at least some restrictions arise. Canada sits among the countries that have managed to get the situation under control.

New Entry Rules to Canada for Vaccinated Tourists
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Canada Coronavirus Statistics

The COVID-19 incidence number in Canada is at its lowest level since last September. It’s 3 times less than a week ago and 82% less than during the peak of the third wave in April 2021. These positive tendencies, as well as high vaccination rates (75% as of the 10th of September), allowed Canada to open its borders to all incoming tourists from September 7, 2021.

Conditions of Entry to Canada for Foreigners

Foreign travelers entering Canada will be required to provide a certificate (in English or French) that they have been fully vaccinated. So far, the list of approved vaccines is short:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson

It means that people who used other vaccines won’t get the permit to cross the borders. However, the authorities are planning to add other vaccines if they manage to complete the WHO certification processes.

Before boarding their flight, travelers should use the government’s ArriveCAN portal to submit personal information in a digital format. Those who fail to comply with these requirements can be subject to enforcement action.

Important: The borders are completely closed for tourists who haven’t been vaccinated. There are no exceptions there.

Do I Need a PCR Certificate?

Yes, all tourists should do a PCR test for COVID-19 not more than three days before arrival. Those who have negative results can enter the country without any additional tests. Note that custom officers reserve the right to send any passenger for an express test at their discretion.

Do I Have to Wait 14 Days in a Quarantine Zone?

Fully vaccinated foreigners will not need to undergo a 14-day quarantine. The rule only applies to Canadians who return home without the vaccination and tourists who have received only one dose.

Note that you must wait 14 full days after you receive your last vaccine shot. For example, if you finished the vaccination on October 1, you can’t enter the country until October 16. The day of the vaccination doesn’t count.

What are the Conditions for Kids to Enter Canada?

Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 can travel with their parents as long as they comply with public health measures. But they must be tested for coronavirus before departure, upon arrival, and on the 8th day after arrival. Kids under the age of 5 do not need to undergo any tests.

What Airports Resume Their Work?

Previously, only Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto processed international flights. Since August 9, other airports have reopened:

  • Quebec
  • Ottawa
  • Winnipeg
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax

Important: get ready for longer wait times due to new rules and screening processes. International passengers are advised to arrive at least 3 hours before their flight.

Do Foreigners Need a Visa to Canada?

Citizens of most countries need to apply for a visa to enter Canada’s borders.

To get a Canadian visa, each candidate has to prepare necessary documents, fill out an application, provide high-quality 35x45mm photos, and go through an interview with a consular officer in some cases. The whole process can take a while, so it’s better to start applying a few weeks before your trip.