Canada Drops Pretravel Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors

As of April 1, Canada no longer requires fully vaccinated visitors to complete pretravel testing. Unvaccinated visitors, however, must show proof of a negative antigen test taken within one day of their flight or their arrival at the land border, or show proof of a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of the flight departure or arrival at the land border. Those who are unvaccinated are only allowed to enter the country if they have a valid reason for travel. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must complete the health questionnaire on the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before entering the country. More details can be found on the Canadian government’s website.

Quebec lifted nearly all restrictions on March 12. There are no longer capacity limits for restaurants, bars, casinos and other large venues, and proof of vaccination is not required for entry. The curfew for restaurants and bars was also lifted. The province is expected to require face masks in public spaces until mid-April.

In Ontario, all capacity limits for indoor spaces were lifted on March 1. Proof of vaccination is no longer needed for restaurants, gyms and other public places. The mask mandate was lifted in most areas on March 21, except on public transit and in healthcare settings. All restrictions are expected to end on April 27.

The U.S. lifted travel restrictions with Canada on Nov. 8. Fully vaccinated Canadians are able to enter the country via the land border or by ferry for nonessential reasons. Proof of vaccination is required, and those who are not vaccinated are not allowed to enter. Essential travelers from Canada also need to show proof of vaccination. Canadian travelers can currently fly into the U.S. with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 24 hours prior to travel.

All trains between provinces, as well as all airplanes leaving Canada, require proof of full vaccination. Cruise ship passengers also will be subject to these requirements, when sailings resume in 2022. In addition, all employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors must establish vaccine mandates for their employees.

Canada’s borders are open to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries not specifically mentioned otherwise. Eligible travelers must meet Canada’s pre-entry testing requirements, be asymptomatic upon arrival and upload their vaccination information to the ArriveCAN system.