About the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination
Immediate restrictions for travellers arriving from Southern Africa region
Canadians citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region within the previous 14 days, including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia:
- must follow new pre-entry testing before continuing their journey to Canada, and post-arrival requirements
Foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the period of 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.
Changes to border measures coming soon
Upcoming changes to border measures include
- rules for re-entering Canada, if leaving for 72 hours or less
- who is considered fully vaccinated
- rules for travelling within Canada
- who can enter Canada as an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveller
What is the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination?
The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is a reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada.
- was developed by provinces and territories, with support from the Government of Canada
- is a recognized, trusted document that has been shared with our international partners
- shows your COVID-19 vaccination history
- can be verified after you upload it into ArriveCAN (on your return to Canada)
This proof does not guarantee you entry to another country. Before you travel, you must check the rules of your destination country and the countries you transit through.
You’ll need to show your proof of vaccination when travelling in Canada by air or rail. The new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination may be used to show that you meet this requirement.
Provinces and territories may also ask you to use this proof to access non-essential services.
What it looks like
What information is on the proof of vaccination
You may already have the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination.
You have the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination if your version
- says “COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination” at the top of the document
- the official logos for
- your province or territory
- the Government of Canada (the word “Canada” with the Canadian flag above the last “a”)
- your full name and date of birth
- your COVID-19 vaccination history, including
- the number of dose(s)
- the vaccine type(s), product name(s) and lot number(s)
- the date(s) you got your vaccination(s)
- a Smart Health Card QR code
- the official logos for
- is a bilingual document
In every province or territory, page 1 will look like the Yukon sample shown above.
Some provinces and territories may add a second page. They will decide what information is on that second page.
The QR code on your proof of vaccination
- will include your vaccination history
- may include additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine(s) you received
The only medical information shown is your COVID-19 vaccination history. It doesn’t contain your health card number, so it can’t be used to access other health information or be used for other health services.
If you have the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, and your vaccination history has not changed, you don’t need to get a new one. Be sure to bring a digital and paper copy with you when you travel.
If you don’t have the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination
If it’s available in your province or territory, you should consider getting the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination if you plan to travel.
We expect the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination to be issued by all provinces and territories soon. Check back often with your province or territory to see if it’s available.
How does it work?
Once you get your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, you can access it
- as a file on a mobile device, computer or mobile wallet (if your device supports the Smart Health Card format)
- on paper, by printing the PDF file with the QR code
A safe way to share your vaccination history
The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination uses the internationally recognized Smart Health Card standard. It provides a safe and secure way to share limited information about your COVID-19 vaccination history when you travel.
About the Smart Health Card standard
A Smart Health Card is a secure and verifiable health record that’s digitally signed by the issuing province or territory.
The Smart Health Card uses technology that enables
- the verification of the information stored in the QR code
- The QR code lets someone verify the document without giving access to other personal health information.
- the detection of any tampering or forgery
- Any changes to the card or its information after it’s been issued would make that card invalid.
- you to keep a digital copy of your proof of vaccination on any device, like a mobile phone or tablet
Protecting your privacy
The proof of vaccination shows only a record of your vaccination status. It doesn’t expose any of your other health data. The management of your health data is the responsibility of your province, territory or Indigenous organization.
If you travel, you’ll need to present your proof of vaccination and another form of identification (ID), like your passport or status card.
- Your name and date of birth will be checked against your other ID, such as your passport or status card.
- Your proof of vaccination and your passport or status card are separate documents and are not digitally connected.
- Your Canadian passport or status card does not contain vaccination information.
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