Help for ArriveCAN

Exemption for eligible fully vaccinated travellers

This exemption is only available to travellers who are eligible to enter Canada. Consult COVID-19 Travel, testing, quarantine and borders to find out:

  • if you can enter Canada
  • what the current travel requirements are
  • how to enter your vaccination information in ArriveCAN

On this page

Using ArriveCAN

You can use the ArriveCAN website or the ArriveCAN mobile app to submit your travel information. Once you create your account, you can use the same email and password for both the website and the app. However, you must use the same platform to start and finish a submission. For example, you can't start a submission on the app and finish it on the website.

ArriveCAN website

Sign in online to submit your information. You can access the site for free on any personal or public device, such as:

The ArriveCAN website doesn’t work on Internet Explorer. However, it works on recent versions of all other web browsers. The website is accessible and can use text-to-voice technology. We recommend using the website if you have accessibility issues.

Mobile app

Use the latest version of the free ArriveCAN app. It’s available from the Google Play Store and the App Store for iPhone.

To download, install or update the app, you'll need either:

You can use the app in airplane mode, but you'll need an internet connection to submit your information.

If you don't travel with a smartphone

Create an account, sign in online, and submit your information up to 72 hours before you arrive in Canada. Take a screenshot or print your receipt and bring it with you when you travel.

No data on your phone while travelling

Submit your information before you leave. Take a screenshot or print your ArriveCAN receipt to show when you enter Canada.

No computer or smartphone

Sign in online from any computing device, like those found in Internet cafés or libraries.

Changing the language of ArriveCAN

The ArriveCAN app is available in English, French and Spanish. The language of the app will default to the language of your device or operating system. For example, if your mobile device is set to English, ArriveCAN will display in English. To change the language to French, you must change the language of your device or operating system to French. If your mobile device is set to a language other than English, French or Spanish, the app will display in English.

Creating your ArriveCAN account

To create an ArriveCAN account, download the ArriveCAN app or sign in online. It will ask you to:

  1. review the privacy notice
  2. select "Create an account" below the "Sign in" button
  3. enter your email address
  4. create a password
  5. enter the password again
  6. click "Submit"

ArriveCAN will send a 6-digit verification code to your email address. This code is valid for 24 hours. If it expires, request a new code to set up your account.

If you haven't received the code after a few minutes:

When you receive your code, enter it into ArriveCAN to finish creating your account. Your email address and password will work for both the ArriveCAN app and the ArriveCAN website.

It takes between 10 and 15 minutes to create your account and complete your first submission. The app saves your contact information for future travel, so future submissions will be faster.

The ArriveCAN app also has optional travel document scanning technology. This makes it easier and faster to enter your travel document information. The following documents can be scanned:

This technology is only used to scan your travel document information. ArriveCAN doesn't keep an image of your travel document.

Submission and receipt

After you successfully complete your ArriveCAN submission for regular (non-essential) travel, you'll get an ArriveCAN receipt:

Your receipt includes:

This receipt is proof that you've successfully completed your submission. It doesn't confirm that you're eligible to enter Canada or that you're exempt from any public health measures , including those for fully vaccinated travellers.

You must show the following to a Canada border services officer upon entry:

Show your receipt by presenting any of the following:

Meaning of the letters on your receipt

You may see one or more letters beside your name on your receipt. This means that you may have to discuss one of the following with a Canada border services officer:

  • (Q) your quarantine plan
  • (S) your symptom self-assessment
  • (V) your vaccination status (show proof of vaccination to the Canada border services officer)
  • (I) your immunization status (bring proof of vaccination when you travel)

If there is nothing next to your name, you've indicated that either:

  • you are not fully vaccinated or
  • you did not upload proof of vaccination

Essential travellers

As of September 7, 2021: If you’re entering Canada for essential exempt travel (frequent cross-border work, essential services, medical support and trade and transportation) you can create an exempt travel profile and re-use your receipt whenever you enter Canada for these purposes. You can submit your information any time before you travel. You don’t have to enter information about your port of entry, or date and time of arrival.

Updating your information

If you haven't entered Canada yet

If you've already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt, start over in ArriveCAN. ArriveCAN will clear your previous information.

If you've already entered Canada

To update your contact information or quarantine address after crossing the border, contact us. You must provide:

A change in quarantine location should only happen in exceptional circumstances. Examples of exceptional circumstances include:

After you arrive in Canada

Requirement to quarantine

Everybody who enters Canada, unless otherwise exempt, must either:

  • quarantine for a minimum of 14 days or
  • self-isolate for 10 days

If the provincial or territorial quarantine rules in your area are different from the federal quarantine rules, follow the stricter rules.

If you leave Canada, and are returning within the same 14-day quarantine period, you won't be able to submit your information in ArriveCAN for your second entry. Contact us.

Providing a quarantine plan as a fully vaccinated traveller

Even if you're fully vaccinated, you still need a 14-day quarantine plan in case you:

  • develop symptoms
  • test positive or
  • don't meet the requirements for the fully vaccinated exemption

Enter an address and answer the quarantine plan questions about where you could go, if required.

If you develop COVID-19 signs and symptoms during your quarantine period

You must isolate for an additional 10 days if:

  • you develop any symptoms of COVID-19
  • a person you travelled with develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • you test positive for COVID-19 during your quarantine period

Your isolation period starts:

  • the day your symptoms began
  • the day of your most recent exposure, or
  • the day you were tested, if you test positive

Follow the instructions of your local public health authority or Government of Canada official.

Once you report that you have symptoms, you no longer have to complete daily symptom self-assessments in ArriveCAN.

Calculation of your quarantine period

Your quarantine or isolation period begins on the day that you arrive in Canada. For example, if you arrive at 10:30 pm on Thursday, October 1, then Thursday is day 1 of your quarantine period. Your quarantine period would end 14 days later, on Wednesday, October 14 at 11:59 pm.

Confirming your arrival and daily reporting questions

On the day after you arrive in Canada (day 2 of your quarantine or isolation), you'll receive an email asking you to confirm your arrival at your quarantine or isolation location. The email has a link to ArriveCAN so that you can sign in and confirm. When you sign in, you'll also be asked to complete daily symptom self-assessments.

If you can't open a link in a notification email, copy and paste the link into a compatible web browser.

In the app, click either:

  • "Complete your daily check-in" or
  • the bell icon at the top right hand corner of the home screen

If you can't complete your check-in, ensure that you're on day 2 of your quarantine period. If you still can't complete it, contact us.

You'll receive daily notifications during your quarantine period. If you report that you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, you'll no longer complete daily reporting in ArriveCAN.

Note: If you qualified for the fully vaccinated exemption and you still receive notifications from ArriveCAN, you can ignore them. You don't have to complete any reporting after you enter Canada. For more information, please contact us.

Inaccurate dates on your notifications

The dates on your notifications may not be accurate due to differences in time zones or arrival times. In this case, follow the instructions you received from the Canada border services officer upon entry, including those on the paper handout.

If you're unable to report in ArriveCAN, you must report by phone. Call 1-833-641-0343 each day to complete your reporting.

Day-8 testing

On day 9 of your quarantine, you will be asked if you:

  • completed your COVID-19 test on day 8 of your quarantine
  • sent your test to the lab

You'll receive daily follow-up questions if you indicate that you haven't completed your COVID-19 test or sent it to the lab. If you don't take the test and send it to the lab, law enforcement officers may visit you and issue a fine.

If you are exempt from having to take the day 8 test, answer 'no' to these questions.

Troubleshooting

Creating an account and passwords

Entering your email address

If you see a message to enter a valid email address when you're creating your account, make sure:

  • there are no spaces in your email address
  • your email address follows the correct format with an "@" sign
You forgot your password

If you forget your password, select "Reset password" or "Forgot Password?" below the sign in button. Make sure you enter the same email address you used to create your account. ArriveCAN will send instructions by email on how to reset your password.

You didn't receive the email
  • Make sure you're using the same email address you used to create your account
  • Make sure the email address is properly formatted
  • Check your spam or junk folder in case the email went there

You must follow the instructions in the email within 1 hour of receiving it. If you miss this window, open ArriveCAN and click "Reset password" or "Forgot Password?" again to start over.

Password creation issues

Your new password must contain:

  • at least 1 upper case and letter
  • at least 1 lower case letter
  • at least 1 digit, and
  • at least 1 of the these symbols: ^ $ * . [ ] { } ( ) ? " ! @ # % & / \, > < ' : ; | _ ~ )
    • don't use any other symbols, including a space, = or +.
You didn't get your verification code

First, check your spam or junk folder in case the email went there.

If you're using the app, make sure you have the most up-to-date version. Uninstall and reinstall the app to be sure, or click 'Update' in the Google Play or App Store.

If you didn't receive a verification code, and haven't left the "Verify your account" page in ArriveCAN, click "Resend code".

If you get an error message after entering your verification code:

  1. Make sure that you didn't add any extra characters when you copy and pasted the 6-digit code from the email.
  2. Start over: attempt to sign in to your account on the main screen with the email and password you created. Don't click "Create account".
  3. You'll receive a pop up message saying that your account exists but hasn't been verified. Click "Send me a verification code".
  4. Check your email for the 6-digit verification code. Input the code into ArriveCAN.
    • Check your junk or spam folders if you didn't receive the email.
    • Don't close the app while on the "Verify your account" screen. Doing so will mean you need to restart the process of resending the code.
  5. After you enter your code, your account is registered. Use the same email and password to sign in to the app and ArriveCAN online.

If you still haven't received a verification code, create a new ArriveCAN account using a new email address.

General technical issues

ArriveCAN isn't working

If you're trying to sign into ArriveCAN online, note that ArriveCAN doesn't work on Internet Explorer. Use a newer browser such as Chrome, Edge, Safari, FireFox, etc.

If you're using the mobile app, make sure you have the most up-to-date version. Open the app store on your device and manually update the app. If that doesn't work, uninstall the app and reinstall it.

If that doesn't work, contact us. Include the following:

  • a screenshot of the issue, if possible
  • the model and type of phone you're using, and the app version

To find out which version of the app you have, find the version number (v#.#.#) in either of these locations:

  • below the sign-in box on the main sign-in screen
  • select the 3 horizontal lines on the top left of the ArriveCAN main screen
    • the version number is at the bottom left of the pop out screen

What is my purpose of travel

You're a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person registered under the Indian Act

Select 'Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person registered under the Indian Act returning to Canada'

You're a fully vaccinated foreign national travelling to Canada for discretionary purposes

Select "Discretionary/optional travel by fully vaccinated foreign national(s) as your purpose of travel.

Find out how to use ArriveCAN or complete a group submission for eligible foreign nationals travelling for discretionary/optional travel.

You get an error message after you submit your vaccination information

If you're travelling for discretionary purposes, you must be fully vaccinated. You'll receive an error message if:

  • you haven't received the full dosage of a vaccine (or combination of vaccines) accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entry, or
  • you haven't uploaded proof of vaccination

For more information, visit COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

You're travelling to Canada for high-performance amateur sports

Select "Yes" to whether your travel is related to cross-border work, essential services, medical support or trade and transport and then select "essential services" as your purpose of travel.

Entering your travel information into ArriveCAN

Your proof of vaccination

If you're having trouble adding your proof of vaccination, please contact us.

Your travel date

You can only complete your submission if you're planning to arrive in Canada within the next 72 hours. Try using the calendar entry button to ensure the proper format.

If you still can't enter the date:

  • reload the web page or
  • delete, re-download and restart the mobile app
Your time of arrival

Enter the time using AM or PM, as ArriveCAN does't use 24-hour military time format. Double check that you've entered the correct time of day. For land entry, try to estimate your arrival time within a few hours.

Your airline and flight number information

Enter all the details of the flight that will bring you into Canada, as listed on your boarding pass.

The "Airline" field in ArriveCAN refers to the flight company or air carrier, such as:

  • Air Canada (AC)
  • Delta Airlines (DL)
  • WestJet (WS)
  • Air Transat (TS)

The "Flight Number" field in ArriveCAN must include the letters and numbers found on your boarding pass.

For example, if you are leaving from Spain, connecting in the UK without leaving the secure area of the airport, and flying to Toronto Pearson International Airport on Air Canada flight number 223, you would enter the following details in your ArriveCAN submission:

  • 'Spain' as the country of departure
  • 'Toronto Pearson International Airport' as the airport
  • 'Air Canada (AC)' as the airline
  • 'AC 223' as the flight number
Your airline isn't listed

If your airline isn't on the list of airlines, or if you're travelling by private aircraft or a small charter airline, select "Other" when using the mobile app. Then, type in your airline name. A default number will appear in the flight number field. If the default number doesn't appear, enter "PC0000" in the flight number field.

Travel document number

Make sure you're entering an official travel document. ArriveCAN accepts the following documents:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • FAST card (PASSID)
  • NEXUS card (PASSID)
  • permanent resident card
  • enhanced driver's license
  • U.S. permanent resident card
  • certificate of Indian status (CIS)
  • secure certificate of Indian status (CSIS)

If you're using a travel document and the number doesn't work:

  1. enter the information without using auto-fill
  2. make sure you've selected the correct travel document type
  3. manually enter the number if you previously tried scanning your document in the app
You don't have a surname on your travel document

The "Surname" field on travel documents means the last name you were given at birth. If your travel documentation doesn't have a surname on it, write all names listed on your passport in the required field for your surname.

Phone number

If you're using a new area code, send us an email and we can manually enter your information.

If you're using a phone number from a country outside of North America, add "+" to the beginning of the phone number and the country code. If you're using the app and this doesn't work, try:

  1. deleting the app from your device
  2. restarting your device
  3. downloading the app again
  4. reinstalling the app

Entering your quarantine plan information and quarantine location

You don't know which address to use for your quarantine location

Your quarantine location is where you'll quarantine, if required. Provide the full address of your quarantine location. You can't enter a US address. If you're submitting on behalf of other travellers, you must all stay at the same quarantine location.

You may use the address closest to your location if your place of quarantine doesn't have an address.

Travellers who are quarantining on a boat should enter the civic address for the private residence where the vessel is moored, or the nearest marina if the boat is anchored, sailing or cruising.

Finalizing your ArriveCAN submission

Confirming that your information has been submitted successfully

When you successfully complete your ArriveCAN submission, you'll receive a receipt with a 6-digit verification code. This is proof that you've successfully completed your submission.

You can view this receipt at any time by clicking on "ArriveCAN receipt" in the app or online.

If you're fully vaccinated and traveling for discretionary purposes

If you're a fully vaccinated foreign national traveling for discretionary purposes, you must show your receipt before boarding your flight to Canada. If you didn't receive an ArriveCAN receipt, visit fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada for more information.

Your ArriveCAN receipt

Your ArriveCAN receipt is required for travel. It shows that you've successfully completed your submission within ArriveCAN. Show it to a border services officer upon arrival.

The receipt doesn't validate or confirm your:

  • eligibility to enter Canada
  • exemptions from public health requirements
You can't print your receipt or don't have a printer

If you signed into ArriveCAN online, you'll be sent your ArriveCAN receipt by email. You can print or take a screenshot of your receipt, or show the email. You must show your receipt:

  • before boarding your flight, and
  • to the Canada border services officer upon entry

The "Print" button can be foundis at the bottom of the receipt.

If you don't have a printer, you can:

  • sign in to your ArriveCAN account at a public library or internet café with access to printers
  • take a screenshot and save the photo to your phone
  • ask someone else to print or screenshot the receipt for you

Deleting the ArriveCAN app

If you used the ArriveCAN app to submit your information, you may keep it installed on your device throughout your quarantine or isolation period. You'll need it to confirm you've arrived at your place of quarantine or isolation and to complete daily symptom reporting. Once your quarantine or isolation is completed, you may delete the app.

If you don't use ArriveCAN after entering Canada, you must call 1-833-641-0343 every day to complete your symptom reporting, until your quarantine or isolation period is completed.

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