Vaccinations are now required to enter Canada

Vaccinations are now required to enter Canada

Almost all travelers must be vaccinated twice.

On January 15, 2022, Canada tightened its border measures. Now all visitors, with few exceptions, must be fully vaccinated with one of the country's approved drugs. Some travelers are exempt from this requirement, but they will have to take a COVID-19 test and be on self-exclusion for 14 days after entry.

Vaccination rules apply to almost all travelers, including:

  • family members of Canadian citizens and residents;
  • international students;
  • athletes;
  • work permit holders, except workers in agriculture and food industry;
  • truckers.

Canada cannot refuse entry to citizens and permanent residents, but they will have to take a COVID-19 test before and after entry and on the eighth day after arrival. In addition, they will have to observe a two-week self-exclusion.

Other travelers will be allowed to enter without vaccination only in exceptional cases, for example, if they are:

  • workers in agriculture or the food industry;
  • members of maritime crews;
  • immigrant visa holders;
  • children under the age of 18 (not always).

Testing and quarantine requirements will be the same as for unvaccinated citizens and residents.

A person is considered fully vaccinated if they received two doses of one of Canada's approved drugs. The second dose must be given at least 14 days before crossing the border. The traveler also needs to sign up for the government app ArriveCAN.

Approved vaccines:

  • AstraZeneca;
  • Covaxin;
  • Johnson & Johnson;
  • Moderna;
  • Pfizer-BioNTech;
  • Sinopharm;
  • Sinovac.

We recommend that you check the official website for up-to-date information about Canada's entry regulations.


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