COVID-19 proof of vaccination in Canada

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Types of COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Your province or territory issues official Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination documents.

You may need a Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination to travel outside of Canada.

Some provinces and territories may also issue a separate provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.

Canadian proof of COVID-19 vaccination

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is available across Canada, though your province or territory may call it by a different name. For instance, it's also referred to as the 'pan-Canadian', 'standardized' or 'travel' proof of vaccination credential.

If you were vaccinated outside of your province or territory, you may register your vaccination records with your home province or territory. Check with your province or territory to see what steps to take before trying to access your proof.

What the proof of vaccination looks like

Get your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Download a recent version of your COVID-19 proof of vaccination prior to your departure outside of Canada.

Province or territory selection

Select your province or territory to find out how to get or download an updated version of your COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Alberta

To get it:

  • go to the Alberta COVID Records portal
  • complete the form to get your proof of vaccination

Alberta: Proof of vaccination

British Columbia

To get it:

  • log in to your Health Gateway account
  • save or print your federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination
  • you can also request it by phone or visit a Service BC office

British Columbia: Proof of vaccination

Manitoba

To get it:

  • go to Manitoba's immunization card portal
  • request the Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential

Manitoba: Proof of vaccination

New Brunswick

To get it:

  • go to the New Brunswick MyHealthNB portal
  • log in to your existing account or create an account
  • select 'View Immunizations' to access, download and print your proof

If you cannot access MyHealthNB, you can still use your provincial proof of vaccination (Record of COVID-19 Immunization).

New Brunswick: Proof of vaccination

Newfoundland and Labrador

To get it:

  • go to Newfoundland and Labrador's portal and click on 'View Immunizations'
  • download the Vaccination Record

Newfoundland and Labrador: Proof of vaccination

Northwest Territories

To get it:

  • go to the Northwest Territories' self-serve COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Credential request form
  • enter your vaccination details and other details
    • once completed, you can download your digital proof of vaccination

Northwest Territories: Proof of vaccination

Nova Scotia

To get it:

  • go to the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination portal
  • enter your provincial health card number and your email
    • your proof will be emailed to you

Nova Scotia: Proof of vaccination

Nunavut

To get it:

  • call your local health centre, Iqaluit Public Health, or Qikiqtani General Hospital
  • schedule a time to pick up your proof of vaccination certificate in person

Nunavut: Proof of vaccination

Ontario

To get it:

  • go to Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination portal
  • enter your health card number
  • download your enhanced vaccine certificate

Ontario: Proof of vaccination

Prince Edward Island

To get it:

  • go to the Prince Edward Island COVID-19 Immunization Record website
  • get your immunization record (also called the PEI Vax Pass) from the My COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Portal

Prince Edward Island: Proof of vaccination

Quebec

To get it:

  • go to Quebec's self-service portal
  • download the vaccination passport for travel outside Quebec

Quebec: Proof of vaccination

Saskatchewan

To get it:

  • access your Saskatchewan account
  • look for your COVID-19 vaccine record
    • you can print it, download it, store it in the SK Vax Wallet app or view it on your mobile device

Saskatchewan: Proof of vaccination

Yukon

To get it:

  • go to Yukon's website
  • apply online or by phone for your COVID-19 vaccine credential

Yukon: Proof of vaccination

Booster doses

It's recommended that you download an updated version of your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination after receiving a booster dose.

Canada doesn't require vaccination for entry into the country at this time. However, other countries set their own requirements for entry and may ask that incoming travellers have a booster dose. Review the entry requirements set by the country you're travelling to.

Book your booster dose

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

Contact your nearest Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Centre for more information on the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Employees of Global Affairs Canada

Employees of Global Affairs Canada who were vaccinated overseas may have received a proof of vaccination certificate directly from the department. For assistance with a proof of vaccination already issued by the department, please contact vaccination-hwh@international.gc.ca.

Provincial or territorial proof of vaccination (QR code)

The following provinces are issuing a separate provincial COVID-19 proof of vaccination that includes a QR (quick response) code:

These provinces also issue the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Provincial COVID-19 proof of vaccination can be used within the province. However, you should use the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination when you travel internationally.

Your health care provider may also provide you with a vaccine receipt when you're getting vaccinated. This document can have many formats, but doesn't include a QR code. It's recommended that you download a COVID-19 proof of vaccination that includes a QR code as soon as it's available.

Travel within Canada

On October 1, 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter Canada, or board a plane or train in Canada. This applies to travel within Canada and flights or trains leaving Canada.

Indigenous peoples and Northerners in remote communities

If you're travelling to or from a remote community, visit:

Travel outside Canada

Download a recent version of your COVID-19 proof of vaccination prior to your departure.

Outside of Canada, you may need a proof of vaccination to enter another country, board a plane or train.

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination allows you to show your vaccination history when you travel outside of Canada. It's meant to simplify and help with border processing abroad.

However, your proof does not guarantee entry to another country.

Other countries set their own requirements for entry at their borders, including vaccination requirements. This can mean:

It's important to review the entry requirements of the country you're travelling to. You may still need to quarantine upon arrival or complete additional COVID-19 testing.

Before you travel to another country, make sure to check:

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

The Government of Canada doesn't provide assistance to change travel plans that would be affected by public health measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Such changes would be at your own expense.

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About the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is a secure and reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history.

This proof:

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.

What the proof of vaccination looks like

COVID-19 proof of vaccination

In every province or territory, the first page of the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination will look like the Yukon sample above. It will have the relevant provincial or territorial logo included.

Some provinces and territories may add pages:

  • depending on the number of doses you've received
  • to highlight additional provincial- or territorial-specific information on their proof of vaccination program

What information is on the proof of vaccination

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination:

  • says 'COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination' at the top of the document
  • includes:
    • the official logos for:
      • your issuing 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
  • is a bilingual document

The QR code on your proof of vaccination includes:

  • your COVID-19 vaccination history
  • technical information that allows verifier tools to authenticate the proof of vaccination and confirm it hasn't been tampered with

The only medical information contained in this document is related to your COVID-19 vaccination history. It doesn't contain your health card number, so it can't be used:

  • to access other health information
  • for other health services

How it works

Once you get your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, you can access it:

  • as a digital file on a mobile device, computer or mobile wallet
  • on paper by printing the PDF file with the QR code

A safe way to share your vaccination history (SMART health cards)

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination uses the internationally recognized SMART Health Card specification. It provides a safe and secure way to share limited information about your COVID-19 vaccination history.

A SMART health card is a secure and verifiable health record that is 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 COVID-19 proof of vaccination is a static document that isn't connected to a vaccine registry, health record or database
    • the QR code lets someone verify the document without any possible 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
    • individuals with an Apple device can add the Canadian proof of COVID-19 vaccination to their device's wallet application

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Protecting your privacy

The Canadian COVID-19 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 may need to present your:

  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination and
  • another form of identification (ID), like your passport or status card

Your name and date of birth may 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 aren't digitally connected.

Your Canadian passport or status card doesn't contain vaccination information.

If you have problems getting or using your proof

Name on your proof of vaccination doesn't match the name on your passport

The name or date of birth on your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination may not match the information on your:

If this is the case, 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
    • identity documents issued by your province or territory
  • reach out to issuing authorities to make sure your identity information is consistent between your passport and your COVID-19 proof of vaccination

If you travel before the information on your proof of vaccination is aligned with your passport, you may have problems at border crossings. This could mean delays for you.

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 provincial or territorial 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.

Get a copy of your COVID-19 proof of vaccination

If your COVID-19 proof of vaccination isn't accepted in the country you're travelling to

Check the requirements of the country you're travelling to before you depart. The destination country decides whether or not to accept your proof of vaccination.

If you don't meet their entry and health requirements, you may need to follow the quarantine and testing rules of that country. You may also be sent back to Canada at your own expense.

The Government of Canada won't assist you with making new travel arrangements if this happens.

If there are issues scanning your proof of vaccination

Some countries may not have the technology to scan the QR code on your proof of vaccination.

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

It's a best practice to carry a proof of vaccination that has been downloaded less than 6 months ago. This will help to ensure the document has all of the latest updates and upgrades integrated in both the display information and the QR code. Make sure you download an updated proof of vaccination after receiving your most recent dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

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