Flying to Canada – update as of January 15, 2022

(Article updated on Jan 29, 2022)  

Expertise Immigration helps you to navigate the system and given some important key things to remember before planning to travel.   

Disclaimer: The information on the article is subject to change as per the government act/regulation/policy updates and the travel requirements can change with very short notice by the Government Canada.

Who can travel to Canada?

Travel Update from Jan 15, 2022

  1. Canadian citizens (including dual citizens), people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons (refugee status)
  2. Fully Vaccinated travellers – read below to see who is a fully vaccinated traveller
  3. Exempted persons from being Fully vaccinated traveller (unvaccinated travellers)
    • children under the age of 18
      • Children who are under 5 years of age accompanying parents, guardians or together with someone.
      • Unvaccinated children under age 12 – testing and quarantine requirements depends on the accompanying person
      • Unvaccinated youth age 12 through 17 – must follow all testing and quarantine requirements
      • approved permanent residents (who has not yet arrived in Canada)
    • compassionate reasons (funerals, caring for or visiting critically ill)
    • cross-border workers and remote border communities
    • Diplomatic visa holders and their family members
    • Drivers – Essential services
    • Essential services – trade, technicians, emergency workers
    • Foreign workers (farming or food processing only)
    • French citizen of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
    • marine crew members, Canadian forces, visiting forces and their air crew
    • Medical and health care workers
    • receiving essential medical services or treatments (for a condition other than COVID-19)
    • Transiting passengers who are only flying through Canada to reach another country
    • Other conditions include invited by Federal or provincial government or Medical conditions that prevent you from being vaccinated

Who is a fully vaccinated traveller?

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada and for the purpose of travel:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller:

  • you must have vaccinated, at least 15 calendar days by the day you travel
  • at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel
  • or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • carry proof of vaccination in English or French or certified translation in English or French along with the original version.

If your proof of vaccination doesn’t meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid. You will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Before boarding the flight – Prepare your travel requirements, quarantine plan, and the arriveCAN procedures. 

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