COVID-19 travel restrictions and immigration laws in Canada have been updated recently

On September 7, 2021, Canada’s borders will open to fully vaccinated non-essential travellers.

As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated non-essential travellers from all countries will be permitted to enter Canada. As of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from the United States, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents, will be allowed to visit Canada.

The eased travel restrictions will be accompanied by several improvements to Canada’s COVID-19 border measures:

Pre-arrival COVID-19 test: A pre-arrival COVID-19 test will still be required for all travellers. This test must be taken within 72 hours after arriving at the Canadian border for travellers crossing the land border with the United States. This test must be taken within 72 hours before flight departure for air travellers.

On-arrival COVID-19 test (Day One test): Currently, all visitors to Canada are required to take a COVID-19 test (sometimes known as a “Day One” test) upon arrival. For fully vaccinated travellers, a new randomised testing procedure will be adopted on August 9, 2021. Only fully vaccinated travellers who are randomly selected will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Travellers who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated will still be required to perform an on-arrival test.

The necessary hotel stay for air travellers is coming to an end: Air travellers will no longer be required to stay in a government-approved hotel while waiting for their COVID-19 test results on arrival as of August 9, 2021. Air travellers who have not been vaccinated or who have only been partially vaccinated may proceed directly to their quarantine area. The quarantine will be waived for fully immunized air travelers.

Children under the age of 12: Children under the age of 12 will be spared from Canada’s quarantine procedures, but will still be required to adhere to certain restrictions, such as avoiding schools, camps, and daycares. More information will be available shortly.

Your questions about the reopening of Canada’s border have been answered.

During COVID-19, who is allowed to enter Canada?

At this moment, the majority of foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Canada, however, there are a few exceptions. Even if a person is exempt from the travel limitations, they must nevertheless adhere to the particular rules in place for visitors.

The following groups are allowed to enter Canada through air or land:

  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents;
  • immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are visiting for non-discretionary reasons;
  • extended family members and long-term partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (or their partners) who apply to IRCC for written permission;
  • immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada who have received written authorization from the (IRCC);
  • Workers who have a valid work permit or who have been approved for a work permit but have not yet received one.
  • As of June 21, 2021, COPR holders with a valid COPR can enter Canada.
  • In order to enter the IEC, participants who have not yet activated their work permits must have a genuine job offer, which does not have to be in an essential field.
  • To re-enter the nation, IEC members who have already activated their work licences and were temporarily outside the country do not need a genuine employment offer.
  • International students that are enrolled in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) on the approved list (schools with a COVID-19 preparedness plan) and have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction indicating that they have been approved for a study permit.

What do you need to bring with you to Canada for COVID-19?

If you decide to visit Canada at this time, you must meet certain entrance requirements. Travellers who have received full COVID-19 vaccination and those who have not received full COVID-19 vaccination have differing entrance restrictions.

Travellers to Canada who are unvaccinated or just partially vaccinated must meet certain criteria:

Entering by air — Pre-departure negative COVID-19 test: All passengers above the age of five who arrive in Canada by air must present negative COVID-19 test results acquired within 72 hours of boarding their aircraft (or a positive COVID-19 test result from 14 to 90 days prior to boarding). The traveller is responsible for obtaining test results.

COVID-19 testing and an obligatory hotel stay upon arrival if arriving by air: Upon arrival in Canada, all flight travellers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test. Then, while waiting for test results, travellers must quarantine for up to three days at their own expense in a government-approved hotel. Prior to boarding their aircraft, passengers must book a hotel room at a government-approved hotel.

COVID-19 testing criteria for crossing the US border by land: All non-essential travellers crossing the land border from the United States into Canada must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the United States within 72 hours of crossing the border (or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival).

All travellers — mandatory 14-day quarantine: Anyone who enters Canada will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Prior to your arrival in Canada, you must establish an isolation plan that outlines where and how you will finish your quarantine. This quarantine is strictly enforced, and anyone who violate it may face fines and jail time. There will be some exceptions for critical personnel and in particular compassionate situations.

All travellers — ArriveCAN app: Travelers arriving in Canada by plane must use the ArriveCAN app to input travel/contact information, quarantine plans, and COVID-19 self-assessments.

Travelers to Canada who are fully vaccinated must meet certain criteria.

You must have obtained the full series of a Health Canada authorised COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of recognised vaccines to be deemed a fully vaccinated traveller. Currently, Canada approves four vaccines: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Pfizer-BioNTech. You are not qualified for this exemption at this time if you have been vaccinated with a different vaccination.

Pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test: All passengers over the age of five who arrived in Canada by flight must have a COVID-19 test result that is negative. Travelers arriving by plane must complete their test within 72 hours of their flight departure. Travelers who arrive at the US land border must take a test in the US within 72 hours of landing at the border. Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 can instead show documentation of a positive COVID-19 test done within 14 to 90 days of their arrival.

Proof of vaccination submitted via the ArriveCAN app: Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and are traveling to Canada must use the ArriveCAN app to submit information about their proof of vaccination and other facts before landing in Canada.

On-arrival COVID-19 test: Upon arrival in Canada, fully vaccinated travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 test. They are not required to quarantine while awaiting findings, but if the test results are positive, they must immediately isolate themselves from others and wait for public health instructions.

Quarantine plan: Even though fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from the quarantine requirement, these travelers must still prepare a suitable quarantine plan in case border officers determine they are not eligible for the exemption or they test positive during their on-arrival COVID-19 test.

If you’re traveling with unvaccinated children under the age of 18 (or dependent adults), your youngsters must still go through the necessary 14-day quarantine and comply with all other COVID-19 testing requirements. Your children, on the other hand, will not be compelled to stay in a government-approved stopover hotel.

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