New Canada Travel Rules

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Finally, the Canadian Government seems to be easing the travel restrictions. 

As of April 1st, 2022, all testing requirements to enter Canada will be removed. Things seem to return to pre pandemic normal and travelers will be able to easily return to Canada. 

 

Pre Arrival tests are being phased out

On April 1st, 2022 travelers who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to produce a negative COVID 19 test before departure. This is true for both land crossings and air travel.

As of right now, those who wish to travel to Canada have two options. They can use a molecular test within 72 hours before departure, or a rapid antigen test taken a day before departure. 

Good news is that soon there will no longer be any requirements for any kinds of tests and visitors will be able to enter Canada just by filling out the ArriveCan app.

 

Canada’s Travel Restrictions- End in Sight?

Phasing out the pre arrival tests will truly mark the end of the travel restrictions in Canada. 

The Government of Canada will continue with the policy of randomized tests, and this is believed to be sufficient. Removing pre arrival testing will allow travelers to have a greater peace of mind knowing that they can leave the country and not be afraid of being stuck abroad without a clear path to return. This was thus far the greatest risk associated with international travel. 

Keep in mind that you still need to comply with regulations of the country that’s your travel destination and stick to the rules provided by the airline as they might have their own restrictions and testing rules that you need to comply with .

 

Vaccination Rules

Nothing has changed so far. Before coming to Canada you will need to find out if you are considered a fully vaccinated traveler- according to the government sources. 

To be considered fully vaccinated you need to:

Receive at least 2 doses of vaccine

Here is the list of acceptable vaccines:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Bharat Biotech
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Novavax
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (including vaccinations for children from 5 to 11 years old)
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

You would need to have your proof of vaccination translated into English or French before traveling to Canada. Make sure you keep the original version and translated version  on you when you travel. 

You are not considered fully vaccinated if you have only gotten a single dose of vaccine or if you are only partially vaccinated. 

 

Quarantine rules

You are still need required to submit a suitable quarantine plan regardless of your vaccination status as a part of pre-arrival conditions for entry. You will have to provide details of the plan on your ArriveCan app. 

You need a plan in place in case:

You are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated- you will be required to quarantine for 14 days

Even if you are fully vaccinated you might be subjected to a random test, and if you test positive you will be required to quarantine

 

Please call us at 1-877-211-4301 or send us an email to [email protected] and we will be happy to help you find the best coverage for you and your family. Being financially protected, while you are settling in a new country should be the least of your worries.

 

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