COVID-19 Testing and Requirements to Enter Canada
A Pre-departure PCR test is required
What you need to know
As of January 7, 2021, Transport Canada requires all air travellers entering Canada from international destinations, five years of age and over, to present a negative or residual positive COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) test result before boarding. The test will supplement, not replace, the requirements for health questionnaires, temperature checks and face masks.
To comply with this regulation, travellers will be required to present a negative or residual positive PCR or RT-LAMP test at check-in and Canada Customs, taken within 72 hours from their scheduled departure time. Please allow extra time to check in.
It is each traveller’s responsibility to source and pay for their own valid PCR or RT-LAMP test. For the Government of Canada's news release and other details please visit here.
Effective July 5, 2021 at 00:01 EST, any travellers eligible to enter Canada who are fully vaccinated 14 days prior to boarding a flight to Canada will no longer be required to isolate at government approved accommodations upon arrival and will be exempt from the 14-day self-isolation period. Children that are not fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine at a government approved hotel upon arrival but will still be required to self-isolate for the 14-day period. Before boarding their flight, fully vaccinated travellers are required to provide information related to their COVID-19 vaccination and evidence of COVID-19 vaccination to the Government of Canada via ArriveCAN. Any person who fails to comply with this requirement may be liable to a fine if this requirement applies to them. All other requirements listed below will remain in effect for all travellers. For more information, please visit travel.gc.ca.
Easing restrictions for vaccinated travellers
On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements. Starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. Subject to limited exceptions, all travellers must use ArriveCAN (app or web portal) to submit their travel information. If they are eligible to enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
For more details visit here.