Entering Canada if not qualified as fully vaccinated for COVID-19
Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2022-07-19
- Check that you are eligible to enter Canada.
- You must also meet all other entry criteria, including:
- submitting all required COVID-19 information into ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) within 72 hours before arriving in Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada
- meeting the pre-entry testing requirements
- not having symptoms upon arrival
- having a suitable quarantine plan
- In order to meet the pre-entry testing requirements, you must present proof of one of the following:
- negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken 72 hours before your scheduled flight to Canada, or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry
- negative COVID-19 antigen test result taken no more than one calendar day before your scheduled flight to Canada, or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry
- positive COVID-19 molecular test result from a test taken at least 10 days and no more than 180 days before your scheduled flight to Canada, or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry
- positive antigen tests will not be accepted
- Air travellers are strongly encouraged to pre-register for arrival testing before their flight to Canada.
What you need to enter into ArriveCAN
- Identification, including your passport or other travel document
- Contact and travel information
- 14-day travel history
- Quarantine plan
- Confirmation of a negative pre-entry test (or positive molecular test result taken 10 to 180 days before travel)
- COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
At the border
- Provide all required information and documents, including:
- ArriveCAN receipt
- proof of a valid negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result (or proof of a positive molecular test result taken at least 10 and no more than 180 days before travel)
- other travel documents
- Answer all eligibility, vaccination and health screening questions.
- If you have symptoms, follow the instructions provided by the government representative.
- Follow the instructions upon entry to complete a mandatory arrival test.
Arriving by air
- You will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing your customs declaration and receiving your kiosk receipt.
- You will be notified of how to complete mandatory testing.
- The e-notification will include information on how to contact a test provider.
- You must contact the test provider to arrange to complete your test.
- This should be completed by the end of the next calendar day after you have arrived in Canada.
- Test providers (which vary by province) will provide you with instructions on how to arrange your COVID-19 testing appointment.
- This could be either via in-person testing or test kit pick-up at select test provider locations, select pharmacies, or by virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
Arriving at a land border
- You will be given 2 self-swab kits to complete your testing requirements at home.
- You must complete and submit your arrival test sample by the end of the next calendar day after you have arrived in Canada.
- Complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine in a suitable location, such as your home.
- If you do not have a suitable location, you may be sent to a designated quarantine facility.
- Take an additional test on day 8 of your mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- If you arrived by air, contact your test provider to arrange to take your day-8 test.
- If you arrived via the land border, use the second self-swab kit you received upon entering Canada.
- Follow the instructions given to you at time of entry, as well as all additional federal, provincial, territorial and local public health measures.
- This includes wearing a well-constructed mask on the way to your place of quarantine.
- If federal, provincial, territorial or local public health measures differ, the stricter rules apply.
- Answer compliance verification calls from the Government of Canada.
- You may also get a visit at your place of quarantine by a designated officer.
- If you receive a positive arrival or day-8 COVID-19 test result, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or are exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19 during the next 14 days, you must isolate for 10 days from:
- the date the positive test was taken or
- the date the test result is received (if the sample collection date is not available) or
- the start of symptoms, even if your province or territory has a shorter isolation period
- You must report your positive test result to the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-833-641-0343 within 24 hours.
- If someone you travelled with develops symptoms or tests positive, you must start a new 14-day quarantine period.
- It starts from your last exposure to them.
This resource provides general information only and does not include all possible requirements which may apply to your situation. For more detailed information on requirements, please visit: Travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.
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