The Canadian Government made an announcement that will ease entry for fully vaccinated international travellers (foreigners visiting Canada or Canadians returning home) that will take place Feb 28, 2022. Just in time for March break!
Here is a short list of how this announcement impacts travelers ENTERING Canada:
- We are now allowed a rapid antigen test (Rapid Test/RAT*) within 24hrs of departure. A molecular (PCR*) test with results within 72hours is still accepted.
- *Home tests are not allowed/recognized. Like before, you must still have the tests performed by an official lab/health professional in the country you are traveling from, prior to arrival in Canada
- Previously, the government recommended against all “non-essential travel”, and now it is only urging citizens to take precautions (reducing from a level 3 to a level 2)
- Random testing will still take place at the border but fully vaccinated travelers won’t be required to isolate while waiting for the results.
- Children under 12 years old, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will continue to be exempt from quarantine but now they no longer need to wait 14 days before attending school, camp or daycare.
- Did you know you could show proof of a previous Covid positive result, instead of taking a test, to come into Canada? If you had Covid-19 prior to your arrival at the Canadian border, provide the results of a PCR (molecular) test results, taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Saves you $$ towards the cost of needing to take a PCR or RAT test when you return.
It is tres important that you get this official proof from your province’s health website, lab or hospital – as doctor’s notes won’t be accepted!
To get a full list of restrictions and scenarios for entry into Canada, visit HERE
These changes will help the Canadian/Global tourism industry but it is especially great for families who were hoping to travel but couldn’t, due to the need to wait 2 weeks to return to daycare or school.
I know many parents who want to visit family or go sit on a beach and FINALLY it is possible!
So let’s start booking those beach getaways!
Let’s set up a call* and let me see what I can put together for you!
-Jasmin “JELL” Linton, The Urban Traveler
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For simplicity, this post does not address non-vaccinated individuals as there are many details that I don’t want to get wrong. Visit HERE for the official details for entry requirement.
- Travellers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements before heading to the border. In addition, some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place. Check and follow both the federal and any provincial or territorial restrictions and requirements before travelling to Canada.
- All travellers, regardless of how long they were away from Canada, continue to be required to submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan prior to arriving in Canada.
- All travellers 5 years of age or older must provide proof of an accepted type of test result.
- To prove a previous COVID-19 infection, the Government of Canada will continue to only accept PCR (molecular) test results, taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada.
- Unvaccinated individuals are still not allowed on Airplanes or Trains in Canada. Exceptions exist, but parameters are very narrow.
- Who doesn’t need a pre-entry test?
- Children under 5 years of age
- Those who are exempt (e.g. crew, essential services, and cross-border communities)