Canada Travel Vaccine Requirements 2022

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April 25, 2022

Canada Travel Vaccine Requirements 2022

The Canadian government has authorized six COVID-19 vaccines as of April 2022. Canada previously authorized/approved the Cominrty, Janssen, SpikeVax, and Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccines. And recently authorized Novavax, Inc.'s protein-based Nuvaxovid COVID-19 Vaccine and Medicago Covifenz COVID-19 vaccine.

To qualify as a fully-vaccinated COVID-19 traveler to Canada, you must have received at least two doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of two accepted vaccines, or at least one dose of the Janssen - Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Separately, when returning to Canada from Yellow Fever endemic countries, vaccination centers are designated by the Public Health Agency of Canada to administer the YF-Vax vaccine to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulations. Furthermore, Canadian visitors must upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN.

Who Can Visit Canada

Effective April 25, 2022, the following easing of border measures will come into effect:

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 5-11 accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor will no longer be required to complete a pre-entry COVID-19 test for entry to Canada. Pre-entry tests will still be required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers 12 and older who are currently eligible to travel to Canada. Children under five years of age are not required to provide a COVID-19 test result.
  • Additionally, all fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. This requirement will also be removed for children aged 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor, and travelers with a medical contraindication to a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Furthermore, fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Canada on or after April 25, 2022, will no longer be federally required to do the following for 14 days after arriving:
  • No masking requirement while in public spaces.

Public Health Agency of Canada Testing Regulations For 2022

The Government of Canada announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures as of April 1, 2022. Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by land, air, or water. Travelers will now use a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result taken the day before entry or a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry requirements. 

And Public Health provides free testing to manage the pandemic in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, we do not provide testing for those needing documentation of their results for outbound travel. If you need specific documentation for travel purposes, you must contact a private company to arrange testing.

 Travelers must use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arrival in Canada.

COVID-19 Pandemic Status in Canada

The number of COVID-19 cases or related fatalities are displayed on this map. The data may differ slightly from those on the provincial and territorial websites as they may update historic and new information as it becomes available. In addition, the World Health Organization publishes updated COVID-19 pandemic information.

Canada Travel Health Notices For 2022

March 8, 2022 - Canada published various updates.

Canada's current civil status ranking is published on this webpage. Recently, the Government of Canada announced it would adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2 on February 28, 2022. This means the government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.

The United Kingdom says visitors need to be fully vaccinated to travel on federally-regulated transport, including international flights departing Canada; traveling to Canada by air requires an electronic travel authorization; around 724,000 British nationals visit Canada each year. If you're abroad and need emergency help from the U.K. government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate, or high commission.

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories For Canada - 2022

April 4, 2022 - The U.S State Department reissued its Canada - Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory.

March 11, 2022 - The AP reported unvaccinated Major League Baseball players will not be allowed to travel to play against the Blue Jays in Toronto and won’t be paid for those games. The letter says the agreement covering unvaccinated players and travel to Canada expires at the end of the 2022 season.

March 2, 2022 - The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador published: What to expect after March 14, 2022.

February 28, 2022 - The government of Canada published an updated COVID-19: Travel, testing, and borders.

February 17, 2022 - Transport Canada published enhanced cruise ship instructions preparing to relaunch the cruise ship industry for 2022.

February 17, 2022 - The United States Embassy in Ottawa issued a Demonstration Alert: Canadian law enforcement activities according to the declared public order emergency under the Emergencies Act may begin at any time in Ottawa. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling or residents in Ottawa to avoid certain areas in Ottawa. Americans who need assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest Consulates General location.

February 15, 2022 - The Canadian government announced the declaration of a public order emergency under the Emergencies Act. The Emergencies Act, which became law in 1988, is a federal law that the federal government can use in a national emergency. And the Government lightened border measures as part of the transition of the pandemic response.

January 10, 2022 - The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 'Do Not Travel to Canada' due to COVID-19 Advisory. If you visit Canada, enroll in the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and locate you in case of an emergency.