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Travel Directives and Additional Resources

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On June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT

Suspension of the mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travellers and federally regulated transportation workers

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.

Masking Requirements

  • 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.

On April 25, 2022, at 00:01:00 EDT, the following easing of border measures will come into force, as part of the Government of Canada’s Orders in Council 77 and 78:

  • 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. 

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.

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
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Travelling to Canada by Air?  

Note:  Mandatory random testing offsite of airports for air travellers resumed July 19th.  

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. 

 Unvaccinated Travellers

Additional Mask Information 

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.
    • Essential information for essential air travel, ENGLISH and FRENCH.
    • What to Expect at the Screening Checkpoint VIDEO.

Additional Resources 

Canadians Abroad In Need of Emergency Assistance

Call:  1-613-996-8885
Email:  sos@international.gc.ca

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.