Using your 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.

News release

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

Learn more about the new measures.

On this page

If you don’t have your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination yet, find out how to get one.

Before you use your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, you should

When travelling within Canada

You must be prepared to show proof of vaccination to board a plane or train. This applies to all travellers 12 years of age and older who are

To allow travellers time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a short transition period when they will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel as an alternative to providing proof of full vaccination. If travellers have not already started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they risk not qualifying for travel as of November 30, 2021.

A proof of vaccination will be required for all plane or train travel within Canada.

For more information, visit the Boarding flights and trains in Canada page.

When travelling internationally

When you leave Canada

You’ll need a proof of vaccination to board a plane or train.

Travelling outside Canada

Many international destinations may accept the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination. However, each destination makes the final decision on what they accept as proof of vaccination. Before you travel, make sure to check

If you do not meet the country’s vaccination requirements, you may

You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance to change your travel plans. If you need to book extra accommodations due to such changes, this will be at your expense.

Check other travel advice and requirements

Government of Canada

Transit and airlines

Be sure to check

  • requirements in transit countries, as transit rules are in place for many destinations
  • airline websites for their requirements, if applicable

How to use your proof when you return to Canada

All travellers entering Canada must follow entry requirements to keep everyone safe. This includes Canadian citizens.

Your vaccination status may exempt you from quarantine and some testing requirements. You can check COVID-19 travel information to find out which rules apply to you.

Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN before you return

Mobility rights of Indigenous peoples that cross the Canada–US border

The Government of Canada is engaging with Indigenous partners to make sure the proof of vaccination responds to the needs and rights of Indigenous peoples. Under certain circumstances, such as communities that straddle the Canada–US border, a proof of vaccination is not required for crossings as part of currently exempted regular daily activities.

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is meant to simplify and facilitate border processing both in Canada and abroad, and work with existing exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers in Canada.

When accessing services in Canada

Many services in Canada, such as restaurants and sporting events, require proof of vaccination. It’s up to each province or territory to determine which type of proof they will accept and for which situation.

Some provinces and territories may issue more than 1 type of proof of vaccination:

Other provinces and territories have decided to only issue the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination (with the Canada wordmark), which may be used for all purposes.

Check with the province or territory to make sure you understand which proof is required.

If you have problems using your proof

If you need to get a new copy of your proof of vaccination

Follow the instructions on your province’s or territory’s website to download or print a new copy.

If it was lost or stolen, it can’t be used on its own by someone else. It needs to be used with another document to verify your identity.

If your proof of vaccination is not accepted in the country you’re travelling to

The destination country decides whether or not to accept your proof of vaccination.

If you don’t meet their entry and health requirements to enter, do not travel to this country. If you do, you may be sent back to Canada at your own expense or need to follow the quarantine and testing rules of that country.

The Government of Canada cannot assist you with making new travel arrangements if this happens.

If there are issues scanning your proof of vaccination

Some countries may not be able to scan the QR code on your proof of vaccination.

If this happens, you can show the vaccination history available on the digital or paper copy of your proof of vaccination.

If there is an error in your information, contact your province or territory to correct it before your next trip.

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