The Government of Canada announced yesterday via Twitter that it is extending current border measures for travelers entering Canada until at least June 30, 2022, with more extensions possible. The government announced that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to submit their information via the Arrive Canada app, which you can access through the free app or website. The announcement comes less than a day after Canada’s Conservative Party motion to end all remaining Covid-19 restrictions on travel was defeated in the House of Commons.
Foreign travelers will continue to be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated Canadian citizens or permanent residents must also continue to show proof of a molecular Covid-19 test taken before entering Canada and must also quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers must continue to use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after their entry into Canada. The app is available for iOS, Android and web. The mobile app is free and is available in English, French and Spanish.
Travellers using ArriveCAN must identify:
· how they are entering Canada (for example, by air, land or sea) and
· where they are entering Canada (port of entry)
According to the website, all travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or marine vessel, must use ArriveCAN unless you’re exempt from this requirement due to an accessibility need.
If you don’t submit your information through ArriveCAN, you may be denied:
- boarding if arriving by air or by cruise ship
- entry into Canada if crossing at a land, rail or marine border crossing (if you are a foreign national travelling for discretionary purposes)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, persons registered under the Indian Act and foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada under another entry exemption (such as foreign work, study, compassionate grounds) will not be denied boarding or entry, but you:
- won’t be eligible for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, and may be required to quarantine and complete an arrival and Day-8 test
- may face additional delays at the border for public health questioning
- may be subject to fines or enforcement action
You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours:
- before your arrival to Canada
- and/or before boarding a cruise ship destined for Canada
To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:
- have received at least 2 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
- or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before you enter Canada
- Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1, then Thursday, July 15 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
- this timing is only required for your second dose, not for third or fourth doses
- have no signs or symptoms of Covid-19
- have ArriveCAN receipt with letter A, I, or V beside your name by uploading proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
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