YOUR PRE DEPARTURE ESSENTIAL KIT
Good news, As of August 9 2021, Travellers who arrive and have an approved vaccine will not be required to undertake quarantine in government hotels. To bypass the mandatory quarantine you must have Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson administered 14 days or before the date of arrival in Canada.
If you are not vaccinated with an approved vaccine, you will need to undertake quarantine.
Please find detailed instructions on how to prepare for your departure.
Summary and steps to undertake
- Download the ArriveCAN App, see below for links.
- Sign the Canadian Government privacy statement, see below.
- On the ArriveCAN app, after you sign in, you will need to fill in your travel information, accommodation/quarantine plan, vaccination status. See below.
To be prepared in advance:
- Provide proof of a COVID 19 test with 2nd shot done at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada. See below.
- Provide a certified translation in English or French (certified translator) of your vaccination if the certificate is not in English or French (Upload the certificate on the ArriveCAN App). See below.
- Undertake another COVID 19 test, 72 hours before your flight departure
72 hours before your departure: provide it to the Airlines staff when boarding. See below.
After your arrival:
- Take another COVID 19 test, at the airport (better if you book it in advance, so it will be quicker, see below). See below.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE: FAQS
Download the Arrival CAN application and submit your travel information
Before you depart you must provide mandatory travel information required to enter Canada.
To do it, you must download and use the ArriveCAN application.
Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada.
Available for iOS, Android and online.
Sign the Canadian Government privacy statement
You must sign in to ArrivaCAN, by agreeing to the Canadian Government privacy statement, please click here to sign the statement.
Are you fully vaccinated?
If YES, you may skip all the following as you may qualify for the Fully Vaccinated Traveller Exemption
- hotel stopover (for air travellers)
- day-8 testing requirement
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 (for example, pre-entry test)
Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada (as of Aug 17 2019)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
- Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
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
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).
As a general rule, the following people are allowed to certify documents
- A legal practitioner (solicitor, lawyer)
- A public notary
- The competent nursing/midwifery/regulatory authority in your country of training
- An official who is authorised to certify documents from an embassy or consulate
- A police officer
- A justice of the peace
- The office of mayor (when authorised to do so)
The person of authority must sign, state their position, stamp and date the certified copy.
Pre-entry COVID-19 test: compulsory
All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter Canada.
All travellers must provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test, including those who are fully vaccinated, the test must be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result.
If you have a connecting flight:
- the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
- you may need to schedule the test in your transit city
These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:
- PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
- RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
- Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
- Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
- Isothermal amplification
- Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
- Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
- RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
- Ct (cycle threshold)
- Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
- Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
- Detection of the N gene
- Detection of Orf1a/b
- Detection of the S gene
- Detection of the E gene
- Detection of the RdRp gene
If you’ve already had COVID-19 you may continue to test positive after you’ve recovered and are no longer infectious.
If you are now symptom-free, you can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test when crossing the border, instead of a negative one.
- The test must have been conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to your scheduled entry into Canada
- The proof of the positive result must be from an accepted type of molecular test
How should you provide evidence of your COVID 19 test result?
On the ArriveCAN app, up to 72 hours before your travel, you must provide:
- the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
- the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
- a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
- if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
- file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
- maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
- preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
- these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French
Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel.
Final determination of your vaccination status will be made at the border. You must bring a digital or paper copy of your proof(s) of vaccination with you.
Upload your proof of vaccination here:
When you arrive at the border, you must present an accepted test result (paper or electronic proof) which must include:
- Traveller name and date of birth
- Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
- The date on which the test was conducted
- The type of test conducted
- The test result
You must show proof of your test results even if you:
- have tested negative for COVID-19 previous to the 72 hour period
- have been vaccinated for COVID-19
- recovered from COVID-19 and no longer test positive
- recovered from COVID-19 and continue to test positive
Keep proof of your test results with you for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.
At this time, travellers should have their test performed at a reputable laboratory or testing facility (i.e., one recognized by the local government or accredited by a third party, such as a professional organization or international standards organization).
All travellers must:
- provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test
- keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada
What happens if you fail providing proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information via the ArriveCAN app?
You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.
If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won’t be considered for the exemption and you will need to quarantine, even if you meet all the other requirements.
How about if you don’t qualify for the Vaccination Travel exemption?
You must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:
- are symptomatic
- don’t meet the requirements
A suitable quarantine plan must be entered into ArriveCAN in case you don’t qualify for the exemption. You may be asked to explain your quarantine plan at the border.
IMPORTANT: if you have arranged your accommodation through your college/school, check with your student advisor, almost all the schools we work with, as approved providers of accommodation quarantine plan. If you have booked accommodation through your college/school, you will specify the details of your accommodation on the ArriveCAN app.
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)
- pre-entry test results
- other travel documents
COVID 19 test on your arrival
You’ll be required to undertake a COVID 19 test on your arrival but you don’t have to wait until you get the results, before you can travel on to your final destination.
Airport arrival testing
You must take a test before leaving the airport but you don’t have to wait until you get the results, before you can travel on to your final destination.
At the time of getting tested at the airport, you may get a home test kit to use for your test on Day-8 of your mandatory quarantine.
Create an account for your COVID 19 test on arrival
You can create an account in advance to save time at the border.
Use the same email address you used for your ArriveCAN account.
You may be required to get tested before exiting the airport. To speed you through testing at the airport, we encourage you to register in advance with the testing provider:
- Montreal – Biron Groupe Santé
- Toronto – Switch Health
- Calgary – Government of Alberta
- Vancouver – LifeLabs
Your arrival test results
You can travel to your destination. You don’t need to wait for 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