On Monday, January 17, Canadian authorities issued new requirements for travelers wishing to enter its territory. According to what was published by the official website of immigration to Canada, these conditions were as follows:
For eligible passengers, this applies to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, passengers holding a Health Permit Canada (PHAC), travelers with a letter of authorization from the Deputy Minister Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH), travelers with a study permit or a postdoctoral work permit issued by Canada.
Passengers will also be required to provide their information electronically, no later than 72 hours prior to arrival, via the ArriveCAN app or the following website:
Passengers vaccinated or not must present the arrival receipt before boarding the plane.
For unvaccinated passengers, as of January 15, 2022, vaccination exemptions for unvaccinated adults will be very limited. They are limited to passengers:
- Under 18 to study or visit family
- Crossing borders for work or day jobs
- Traveling through Canada to another country
- Temporary foreign workers (agriculture and food processing only)
- Certified permanent resident (not yet in Canada)
- Receive essential medical services or treatment (for an illness other than COVID-19)
- For humanitarian reasons (funeral, care or visit of a seriously ill person)
- Maritime crew members, including commercial fishing vessels
- An accredited diplomat or his immediate family
For more information, the following link helps determine if a traveler is eligible for an exemption under the new restrictions.
Regarding the negative PCR test, passengers over 5 years old must test negative for COVID-19 no later than 72 hours before departure.
For those exempted from the PCR test, passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 carried out at least 14 days and at most 180 days before departure.
Passengers can be quarantined for 14 days, details of which can be found at the following link:
Regarding the negative PCR/post-arrival test, passengers undergo a COVID-19 molecular test on the first and eighth days after arrival.
For vaccinated travelers, you must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate proving that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, this also applies to children over 12 years and 4 months accompanied of their vaccinated parents.
The vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.
And from November 30, 2021 other vaccines: Bharat Biotech (Covaxin) Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc). A range of vaccinations are accepted. there
More details can be found at the following link:
Finally, travelers who adhere to the above vaccination schedules are not affected by quarantine or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing after arrival.