Using your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination
Exemptions ending for certain travellers entering Canada
Effective January 15, 2022, 00:01 (EST), some foreign national travellers who were previously allowed to enter Canada without being fully vaccinated will now be required to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada. There will also be changes to testing and quarantine exemptions for certain travellers, regardless of citizenship, entering Canada.
On this page
- When travelling within Canada
- When travelling internationally
- When accessing services in Canada
- If you have problems with your proof
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
- make sure your vaccination details are up to date
- print a paper copy of your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination in case you can’t access the proof on your mobile device when you need it
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
- air passengers flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada
- rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
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.
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
- the entry and public health requirements for your destination, including those for COVID-19
- This includes any countries you transit through on your way to your final destination.
- what rules are in place for participating in activities while there, such as going to museums, visiting people and entering restaurants
- that the information on your COVID-19 proof of vaccination is correct and it matches the information on your passport
- Contact your province or territory to correct any errors before your trip.
- Find out what to do if the name on your proof doesn’t match your passport.
If you do not meet the country’s vaccination requirements, you may
- be denied entry
- need to quarantine
- need to take tests or
- need to meet other requirements when you arrive
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
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
Accessing services outside of Canada
Before you travel, be sure to check what the requirements are for your destination. It’s up to them to determine which type of proof they will accept and for which situation.
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
- Download the most recent version of the ArriveCAN mobile app or use the web version.
- The official Government of Canada version of ArriveCAN is free.
- It’s the secure way to provide mandatory information to enter Canada.
- You’ll need to upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN up to 72 hours before your arrival in Canada or before you board your plane.
- Your proof of vaccination must be in English or French, or you must have a certified translation into English or French.
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:
- 1 for use within their province or territory to access services, such as restaurants, and
- another for travel and use outside the province or territory to access services
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 with your proof
The name on your proof of vaccination doesn’t match the name on your passport
If the name or date of birth on your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination doesn’t match the information on your passport (or other government issued identity document that can be used to travel), you should:
- use the name on your passport for travel bookings
- such as for plane tickets and hotels
- carry other supporting identity documents when travelling
- such as your birth certificate, marriage certificate and identity documents issued by your province or territory
- contact your province or territory to update the information on your proof of vaccination as soon as possible
If you need to travel before you update the information on your proof of vaccination, you may have problems such as delays at border crossings.
Example of information that doesn’t match
An example of information that doesn’t match could be having your name at birth on your proof of vaccination but your married name on your passport.
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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