With COVID-19 restrictions at the border in place for at least another month, some Canadians may need a primer on those rules.
Canada’s Public Health Agency announced that several pandemic restrictions at Canadian airports and land borders will be extended, including vaccine mandates, randomized COVID-19 testing and mandatory use of the ArriveCan app, until at least June 30.
While some Canadians may still be concerned about travel, some are ready to take a vacation after more than two years into the pandemic. CTVNews.ca What rules travelers should be aware of as they plan their trip before jetting off.
Pre-Entrance Test is no longer required
Beginning April 1, fully vaccinated travelers are not required to give a negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water.
Passengers may still be subjected to mandatory, random PCR testing at the airport – to monitor for new, emerging COVID-19 variants – although they will not need to be isolated while waiting for their results.
Beginning April 25, children aged five to 11 years who are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will no longer be required to complete a COVID-19 test before entering Canada, even if The child has not been vaccinated. Children under the age of five will also not be required to complete a pre-admission COVID-19 test, and are exempt for vaccination requirements.
All travelers arriving in Canada, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, will still need to use the ArriveCAN app to submit their health information before arriving in Canada. Passengers must submit their information to ArriveCAN within 72 hours prior to arrival at the port of entry.
Passengers arriving on arrival and on the eighth day of their 14-day quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status, may be required to be tested on arrival and on the eighth day. Foreign nationals may also be denied entry if they have not completed their ArrivCan submission.
Any traveler who fails to submit proof of their information and vaccinations using the Arivacan can be fined up to $5,000.
While travelers still have to use the ArrivCan app, the federal government has dropped its requirement for those entering the country to monitor and report any COVID-19 symptoms. Those traveling from abroad will also not be required to keep a list of close contacts and places visited for the first 14 days after arrival in Canada.
Proof of vaccination still required
Despite the lifting of pre-entry testing requirements, the need for thorough vaccination with a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine remains in place to board federally-regulated air, rail and sea transportation.
There is no change in pre-entry testing requirements for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers who are currently allowed to travel to Canada.
Unless otherwise exempt, all travelers 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated – have received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine accepted for travel or a mixture of the two vaccines Those – must continue to provide proof of a negative pre-admission COVID-19 test result.
Approved pre-entry tests include a health professional-administered negative rapid antigen test taken no later than one day before arrival at the port of entry, or a negative molecular test taken no later than 72 hours before the scheduled flight or land. The border is not crossed.
Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated passengers can also provide a positive molecular test taken at least 10 days and up to their scheduled flight departure time or 180 days prior to their arrival at the land border to enter Canada. Positive antigen test results are not accepted.
The government recommends completing a COVID-19 vaccine series with any additional recommended doses in Canada at least 14 days before traveling internationally. For those who must travel, the government suggests delaying your plans until they are fully vaccinated.
Masking during and after arrival
Canadian adults and children five years of age and older who have been fully vaccinated are not expected to wear a mask in public places for 14 days after arrival in Canada. However, children aged five to 11 years who have either not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated should continue to wear a mask in public settings, such as schools, for 14 days after entering Canada. .
All passengers are still required to wear a mask when traveling on a federally-regulated means of transport such as an airplane or train, even if they have been vaccinated.
before you go
Before travel, the government recommends checking COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements, as well as other entry requirements, as they may differ from Canadian regulations.
Travelers are also advised by the Canadian government to monitor the COVID-19 situation at their destination in the days prior to travel, should there be a change in the status of COVID-19 infections and public health requirements.
Cruise passengers who are five years of age or older are required to undergo antigen or molecular COVID-19 tests to board the ship two days before their scheduled departure, but will not be required to take the test before disembarking from the ship.
All other requirements for cruises remain in place, including providing proof of vaccination before boarding.
The government continues to warn passengers that the virus can easily spread between people in close proximity, such as those on cruise ships. The government says the chances of becoming infected with COVID-19 on cruise ships are still “very high”, even for those who have been fully vaccinated.