Travelers who are fully vaccinated can now enjoy a relatively hassle-free experience when visiting Canada.
As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to complete either a day-eight test or to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Even those who will be arriving in Canada by air won’t be asked to stay at a government-approved hotel until they get their test results.
Of course, these measures apply only to fully vaccinated travelers who are also eligible to enter the country even with the border restrictions—and those who have received one of the vaccines that are recognized and approved in Canada.
In this post, Bright Immigration, your Canada express entry consultants will share more information about the measures set by the government:
Criteria for Travelers Who Are Fully Vaccinated
As mentioned above, there are specific criteria released by Canada’s border patrol. This should serve as a guide for travelers. Here are the three main points:
- You Need to Be Eligible to Enter Canada – That means you either have to be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a family member, an international student, or foreign worker with approved status.
- You Need to Be Fully Vaccinated – You need to have completed the number of doses required for the vaccine you received. Moreover, the vaccine you received should be among the few that are approved in Canada like Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD. The last dose you received should at least be two weeks before your entry to Canada.
- You Need to Meet Other Health and Safety-Related Criteria – You are required to show proof of a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, as well as submit all required information via the ArriveCAN app.
Those who haven’t completed their vaccines are still subject to the previous mandates that include a plan for your 14-day quarantine and complete testing requirements. That means you need to be tested pre-arrival, on-arrival, and after day eight upon your arrival. Air travelers will have to wait for their on-arrival test results at one of the government-approved hotels.
Unfortunately, tourists are still not allowed in Canada. The government has hinted, though, that it’s possible for more restrictions to be lifted in the coming weeks when more people are fully vaccinated, so that’s something people can look forward to.
For clarifications, these are vaccines that are currently not accepted in Canada, which means if you received one of these, even if you can comply with the other requirements, you still wouldn’t be considered fully vaccinated:
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, and C)
- Casnsino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, SInopharm-Wuhan)
- Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
- Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
Of course, there’s a possibility that the list of the accepted vaccines will expand to include others in the future.
If you got your vaccines outside of Canada and it’s one of the accepted vaccines, you need to show proof of vaccination by uploading it in ArrivaCAN. It must be in French or English or at least have a certified translation into either of these two languages.
As more people are getting vaccinated, the hope of lifting some of the restrictions in the near future is getting brighter. As of now, if you want an easy way to enter Canada without having to quarantine yourself or get multiple tests is to ensure that you get fully vaccinated with one of the ones accepted in the country.
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