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Travel Directives and Additional Resources
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On June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT
Requirement for vaccinations suspended for domestic and outbound travel
- As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane or train in Canada.
- This change does not affect border measures that require all travellers entering Canada to continue following entry requirements, including vaccination.
- Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane or train.
- Given the unique nature of cruise ships, including the fact that passengers are in close contact with each other for extended periods of time, vaccination against COVID-19 is still required for passengers and crew on cruise ships.
- Adherence to strict public health requirements on cruise ships will still be required.
Federally regulated transportation sector workers
- As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for employees.
- Employers will be responsible for establishing return-to-work practices.
- Furthermore, the Government of Canada is no longer moving forward with the proposed regulations to make vaccination mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces.
- Travellers on federally regulated planes and trains continue to be required to wear a mask throughout their journey except for brief periods (e.g., eating or drinking).
- Passengers on cruise ships will be expected to follow the masking requirements and other hygiene measures as directed by the ship’s crew, regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic.
- Partially and unvaccinated children aged 5-11, who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor arriving at land, air or marine ports of entry, will no longer be required to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result prior to or when entering Canada. Children under 5 years of age are not required to provide a COVID-19 test result.
- Fully vaccinated travellers, children aged 5-11 (who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent/guardian), and those with a medical contraindication to a COVID-19 vaccine, will no longer be required to provide suitable quarantine plans when travelling into Canada. These travellers will continue to be required to provide their contact and travel information, as well as their vaccination information and proof of vaccination (if applicable).
- maintain a list of close contacts and locations visited.
- After arriving in Canada, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required for 14 days post-arrival to:
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms;
- mask while in public spaces;
- quarantine if another traveller in the same travel group exhibits signs or symptoms or tests positive; and,
- maintain a list of close contacts and locations visited.
The Government of Canada has issued a number of directives and screening measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.
Federal Government vaccine requirements and border measures
- If you are 12 years and four months of age or older, you will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic or international flights departing Canada. Please refer to the Government of Canada website for more details.
Departing from a Canadian Airport?
COVID-19 Vaccinated Travellers Entering Canada during COVID-19
Travellers are eligible to enter or return to Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
- Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller
- Checklist of what to have ready at the border
- Pre-entry testing (accepted types, timing)
- Set up your ArriveCAN account
- Arrival testing if selected
- Children or dependents
Checklist of what you need to have ready at the border
To enter or return to Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must follow all of these requirements.
Have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border (land border crossings do not provide WiFi for travellers):
- Your MUST use ArriveCAN, to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information up to 72 hours before your travel in Canada. ArriveCan can be accessed on-line or download the apps for iOS or Android.
- All travellers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller regardless of citizenship. Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. Find out if you can enter Canada.
- More Information
Travelling to Canada by Air?
Unvaccinated Travellers Entering Canada during COVID-19
If you are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, you must quarantine for 14 days. You will also require an arrivals test on day 1 and on day 8. Learn whether you need to quarantine on travel.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada may require international travellers to take a COVID-19 test upon arriving in Victoria. Travellers selected for randomized mandatory testing will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
Additional Mask Information
- Face Masks Allowed vs Not Allowed
- COVID-19 mask use: Types of masks and respirators
- How to make your mask fit properly
- How to choose and care for a mask
For a complete list of COVID-19 measures, updates and guidance issued by Transport Canada please visit their website.
- CATSA, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority under direction from Transport Canada is temporarily permitting additional 350ml of hand sanitizer through security screening. Passengers may be asked to surrender it upon arrival at international destinations.
- In response to COVID-19, CATSA has made several changes at security screening to ensure a safe, secure screening experience before you board your flight.
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and COVID-19 Information Line 883-784-4397
- Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Suite of Tools
- Health Canada has developed a list of tools to help Canadians contain the spread of COVID-19 as the economy continues to re-open and grow. Included in the above link are links to: the COVID Alert app, the Canada COVID-19 app the ArriveCAN app and the Wellness Together portal along with a variety of infographics and videos on how to go out safely and how to use a non-medical mask.
- Government of Canada - COVID-19 Documents
- BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
- COVID-19 Common Questions
- HealthLink 8-1-1
- 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)
- Prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Testing and collection centres
- Public Exposures - Flight Exposures
- COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders
- ArriveCAN App Information
- COVID-19: Measures, updates, and guidance for aviation
- COVID-19: Open Marine and air ports of entries and temporary service reductions
- Canada Covid-19 Mobile App
- PHAC's Twitter feed.
Canadians Abroad In Need of Emergency Assistance
Canada has active COVID-19 travel advisories and several restrictions now in place and travellers are asked to consult the destination page at travel.gc.ca for the latest travel advisories. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning.