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On January 15 Canada introduced new measures stating that the majority of travelers have to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 to be able to enter the country.

Several groups of people who were granted exemption before lost that status.

Before, the only people granted exemption from being fully vaccinated were:

  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Children under the age of 18 who are visiting family or planning to attend school
  • TFW employed in farming or food processing
  • CORP holders who have not yet arrived in Canada
  • People who are in transit through Canada
  • People entering Canada on compassionate grounds or receiving urgent medical care


Who is able to enter Canada now?

People who are fully vaccinated:

Fully vaccinated individuals are eligible to enter Canada as long as special travel requirements are met. They also must meet the definition of “fully vaccinated” – meaning they have received a series of the vaccine shots approved for entry to Canada. Your last shot must be received at least 14 days before you travel.

Here is a list of acceptable vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Covaxin. No other vaccines at this time support this requirement or are accepted.

Children under the age of 12 who accompany parents or guardians who are fully vaccinated are allowed entry and are not required to quarantine. They do however have to abide by specific rules, such as avoiding educational institutions and daycares.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers:

In case someone is only partially vaccinated or have not yet received the vaccine at all, they would only be allowed to enter Canada provided they follow special rules that belong to one of the exemption categories.

Special rules include COVID 19 testing upon arrival and mandatory 14-day quarantine. Here is a list of groups that are allowed to enter Canada even if they are not vaccinated:

-Children 18 and under who want to visit family or are planning on attending a post secondary institution
-TFW employed in farming or food processing
-CORP holders that have not yet arrived to Canada
-Travelers in transit through Canada to another country
-People entering Canada on compassionate grounds or receiving urgent medical care

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for domestic flights and for traveling on the national train network. Canadian provinces also might have specific rules for unvaccinated people to access some services such as restaurants, concerts or gyms.


What are the requirements to enter Canada?

There are strict rules for entry that are different based on vaccination status.

Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travelers:

  • COVID-19 entry test: Travelers must present a negative test result based on a molecular test that was performed no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • 14-day quarantine: Travelers will be forced to enter a 14 day quarantine. You must have an isolation plan beforehand to show your plans on where and how to quarantine. Exemptions are possible for essential workers and on compassionate grounds.
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival and on Day 8: All travelers are obliged to perform a COVID 19 molecular test upon arrival.
  • ArriveCan app: Travelers are required to use the ArriveCan app to provide their travel details, emergency contact info, quarantine plan and COVID-19 assessment. There is an option to submit this information at the port of entry.

Helpful Information

If you need more information about applying for the Super Visa, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

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