With COVID-19 border restrictions expected to remain in place for at least a month, some Canadians may need an overview of these rules.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced that several pandemic restrictions will be extended at Canada’s airports and land borders, including vaccination orders, random COVID-19 testing and mandatory use of the ArriveCan app. , until at least June 30.
Although few Canadians are still afraid to travel, some are ready to take a vacation after more than two years of the pandemic. CTVNews.ca details the rules travelers should know when planning their trips before flying.
THE PRE-ENTRY TEST IS NO LONGER NECESSARY
As of April 1, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or sea.
Passengers may still be subject to mandatory random PCR tests at the airport – in part to monitor new emerging variants of COVID-19 – although they are not required to self-isolate while awaiting their results.
Effective April 25, children ages 5 to 11 traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test before entering Canada, whether the child is unvaccinated or nope. Children under five will also not be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to entry and are exempt from vaccination requirements.
All travelers coming to Canada, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, should always use the ArriveCAN app to submit their medical information before arriving in Canada. Travelers must submit their information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours of arriving at a port of entry.
Travelers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may be required to test themselves upon arrival and on day eight of their 14-day quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status. Foreign nationals may also be refused entry if they have not completed their ArriveCAN submission.
Any traveler who does not submit their information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN could be fined $5,000.
While travelers must still use the ArriveCAN app, the federal government has dropped the requirement for those entering the country to monitor and report any COVID-19 symptoms they experience. Those traveling from abroad will also not be required to keep a list of close contacts and places visited for the first 14 days after arriving in Canada.
PROOF OF VACCINATION ALWAYS REQUIRED
Despite the lifting of pre-entry testing requirements, the requirement to be fully immunized with a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to board federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation remains in effect.
Pre-entry testing requirements have not changed for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers who are currently permitted to travel to Canada.
Unless otherwise exempted, all travelers aged 12 or older who do not qualify as fully vaccinated – having received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted for travel or a mixture of two vaccines – must continue to provide the proof of a negative pre-vaccine. input COVID-19 test result.
Accepted pre-entry tests include a negative rapid antigen test administered by a medical professional no later than one day prior to arriving at a port of entry, or a negative molecular test conducted no later than 72 hours prior to a scheduled flight or crossing a land border.
Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers can also provide a positive molecular test taken at least 10 days and no more than 180 days before their scheduled flight departure time or arrival at the land border to enter Canada. Positive antigen test results are not accepted.
The government recommends completing a series of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as any additional doses recommended in Canada, at least 14 days before traveling abroad. For those who must travel, the government suggests delaying their plans until they are fully vaccinated.
MASKING DURING THE TRIP AND AFTER ARRIVAL
Canadian adults and children aged five and over who are fully immunized should no longer wear masks in public spaces for 14 days after arriving in Canada. However, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 5 to 11 must continue to wear masks in public places, such as school, for 14 days after entering Canada.
All travelers are also required to wear a mask when traveling on federally regulated modes of transportation, such as an airplane or train, whether or not they are vaccinated.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Before travelling, the government recommends checking COVID-19 screening and vaccination requirements, as well as other entry requirements, at your destination, as they may differ from Canada’s rules.
The Canadian government is also advising travelers to monitor the COVID-19 situation at their destination in the days leading up to their trip should the status of COVID-19 infections and public health requirements change.
Cruise passengers aged five or over are required to take a COVID-19 antigen or molecular test in order to board a ship no more than one day before their scheduled departure, but will not need to be tested before disembarking from the ship.
All other requirements for cruises, including providing proof of vaccination before boarding, remain in place.
The government continues to warn travelers that the virus can spread easily between people in close proximity, such as on cruise ships. The government says the risk of being infected with COVID-19 on cruise ships is still “very high”, even for those who are fully vaccinated.