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All you need to know to prepare for your Canada trip

APRIL 2022 UPDATES

As of 1 April 2022, it will no longer be necessary for fully vaccinated travellers to present a negative test result to enter Canada, and as of 25 April, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to present a quarantine plan.
You may still be selected for a molecular screening test upon arrival at the airport, but you will not need to remain in isolation while you wait for the test result.

HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR TRIP


1. DOWNLOAD THE ARRIVECAN APP

2. CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON THE ARRIVECAN APP

Register and fill in the questionnaire 72 hours before your departure with your travel details, including:

  • Where you are staying upon your arrival in Canada
  • Your proof of vaccination

GET READY FOR YOUR DEPARTURE: FOLLOW THESE STEPS

ArriveCAN application and your travel information.

Available for iOS, Android and online.

The ArriveCAN App and questionnaire 72 hours before departure

Before your departure, you will have to provide some mandatory information about your travel plans. To do this, you must complete an online questionnaire on the “ArriveCAN” app. This step is mandatory.

Register on the ArriveCAN App (create your profile) and sign the Canadian Government Privacy Statement.

THE APP WILL ASK YOU TO ANSWER A SERIES OF QUESTIONS, SUCH AS:

  1. Is your travel related to any of the following travel purposes? Frequent cross border- services, performance of essential services, medical support services, trade, and transportation services. – Select NO.
  2. Information on your flight.
  3. Travel Exemptions. – Select NO.
  4. Nature of the person’s travel to Canada. – Select “Study – International Student”.
  5. Traveller information. – Insert your personal information.
  6. Contact Information in Canada. – Insert your phone number and email in the “primary contact” section (leave the Secondary Contact section empty).
  7. COVID-19 vaccination status and (if applicable) vaccine documentation/proof. – If you are vaccinated, the system will ask you for details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received) and details of your second dose, if required (e.g. for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines).
  8. You will need to upload a photo or PDF file of the receipt for each dose of vaccination. Vaccination certificates must be in English, French or a certified translation into English or French. The ASL issues the vaccination certificate in a bilingual format (Italian and English). You can create a single PDF consisting of your vaccination certificate (if in English) + your Green Pass and upload it.

Once you have completed the questionnaire, download and print the receipt that ArriveCan will provide you with, and you should take it with you to the airport together with a copy of your test result.

The App might ask you to fill in daily questionnaires to check that everything is OK after your arrival in Canada. Take your Proof of Vaccination with you: you will be asked for it at the airport!

YOUR ARRIVAL IN CANADA: WHAT TO DO

Arrival at the airport in Canada

Upon your arrival at the airport, you might be asked to undertake a molecular Covid test. Follow the instructions of the airport staff who will explain what to do (the swab is free of charge). You do not have to wait for the results at the airport, you can proceed to your accommodation. It is no longer compulsory to wait for the results of the swab in isolation.  You can start your adventure in Canada from the day you arrive!

Your arrival test results

If your arrival test is negative:

  • Follow local public health measures;
  • Maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada;
  • Keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days.

If your arrival test is positive:

  • Isolate yourself from others right away;
  • You will be contacted by your local public health authority, follow their instructions;
  • Keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days;
  • Notify your education that you must self-isolate and may not be able to start your course on time.  You may be able to push back your start date.
What to have ready at the airport, on your arrival: Canadian border.

Have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border:

  •  ArriveCAN receipt;
  •  proof of vaccination (certified translation beside the original copy);
  •  other travel documents.

FAQ

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

You are considered “fully vaccinated” if:

  • You have received two doses (or one Johnson&Johnson dose) of a vaccine recognized by the Canadian government;
  • You have received the second dose of your vaccine at least 14 days prior your arrival in Canada;
  • You don’t have Covid-19 symptoms.
Check if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter;
  • Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (auto declaration);
  • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines;
  • Have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada:
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1st then Friday, July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition.
  • Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN;
  • meet all other entry requirements
Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.
  • 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)

Check here for the official updated list of accepted vaccines.

How to provide proof of your vaccination?

You must upload the proof of vaccination on the Arrival CAN application.

If your certificate of vaccination is not in English or French, you must provide a certified translation.


N.B. If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, do not upload it into ArriveCAN.

How to provide a certified translation if your proof is not in French or English?

If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, do not upload it into ArriveCAN. Instead, you need to upload a certified translation in English or French. Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel. The translation must be certified by a certified translator (Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association).

What happens if you do not provide proof of vaccination, quarantine plan and travel information via the ArriveCAN app?

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your vaccination certificates, quarantine plan and travel information. If you do not provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the airport, you will not be considered for exemption and will have to go into quarantine, even if you meet all other requirements.

Is everything clear? If you still have doubts or questions about the procedures for preparing to fly to Canada, do not hesitate to contact us!