Canada Entry and Travel Requirements
Canada's entry requirements clearly state the rules that visitors wishing to visit Canada must follow in order to enter the country easily.
Two of the most important requirements when entering Canada are a valid passport and visa. The passport that travelers must bring with them to Canada cannot expire for at least six months from the intended date of travel.
Canada's visa policy stipulates that most foreign visitors must have a visa or travel permit to enter Canada. According to Canada's immigration policy, citizens of more than 50 different countries can come to Canada without a visa. However, these travelers must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before their trip. Permanent residents or US citizens are exempt from the eTA requirement. Additionally, citizens of non-visa-exempt countries, as well as visitors planning a longer stay or coming to Canada for purposes other than tourism, business or pleasure, must apply for a visa in person. from the Canadian diplomatic mission present in their country of origin.
All travelers planning to visit Canada should familiarize themselves with the updated entry requirements, including Covid-related documents, visa requirements as well as other documents that may be needed to enter Canada without didn't encounter any problems.
Currently, Canada only allows entry to fully vaccinated travelers. They no longer need to take pre-departure Covid-19 tests, which are still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers who can only come to Canada for certain reasons. certain essential reasons. Additionally, all travelers must still complete the ArrivalCAN health declaration within 72 hours of their intended arrival in Canada.
Because entry requirements into Canada can change rapidly, we advise all travelers to check recent immigration procedures before planning travel.
Who can enter Canada?
- Visitors are fully vaccinated
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident, dual citizenship
- people registered under the Indian Act, people traveling for essential reasons, people with refugee status
- Document checklist for entry to Canada
Necessary documents to enter Canada during the Covid-19 epidemic season:
- Proof of full vaccination
You may also need:
- an eTA
- Travel insurance covers Covid-19
Canada Travel Requirements
The Government of Canada has introduced a number of entry requirements related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to the visa and passport requirements previously introduced.
Current regulations for entering Canada include:
fully vaccinated (for foreign visitors)
Complete the ArriveCAN form within 72 hours of your arrival in Canada
You will also need a Canadian eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) if your nationality is among the qualifying nationalities.
Although not required, we recommend purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage when traveling to Canada or any other country during the pandemic.
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
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As of April 1, all travelers arriving in Canada no longer need to be tested for Covid-19 before departure.
The Canadian government has completely eliminated the pre-departure requirement, making visiting the country much easier.
Please note that random testing still applies upon arrival in Canada. Border agents can select certain travelers for Covid-19 testing upon arrival.
All foreign visitors wishing to enter Canada must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada for non-essential reasons. Currently, travelers who are not fully vaccinated cannot enter Canada except for essential reasons.
Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Canada for essential reasons must quarantine upon arrival for 14 days, take a Covid-19 test upon arrival, and take a Covid-19 test on day 8 of their stay. Surname.
Until March 1, travelers selected for post-arrival testing must quarantine until they receive their test results, which is no longer required.
Traveling from Canada
The Government of Canada announced that starting March 1, 2022, Canadian citizens and residents traveling from Canada abroad will be able to do so for non-essential reasons.
Level 3 of the Canadian travel health advisory has been downgraded to Level 2, meaning Canadians are no longer required to avoid non-essential travel abroad.
Traveling to Canada
Travel to Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic is restricted to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, dual citizens, fully vaccinated travelers and those traveling under an exemption specifically, such as being registered under the Indian Act or having refugee status.
Starting in March and April 2022, Canada will relax travel regulations for fully vaccinated travelers, including:
- Eliminate pre-departure testing requirements
- Open all Canadian airports to foreign visitors
- lifting quarantine for travelers awaiting post-arrival test results (for random testing upon arrival)
Make sure you have:
- Your vaccination certificate
- Confirm completion of ArrivalCAN health declaration
You may also need an eTA permit if you are traveling from one of the eligible countries.
Entry Rules for Children
Specific entry regulations apply to children visiting Canada and may depend on the vaccination status of the accompanying adult or the age of the minor.
Children under 5 years old
Children under 5 years old coming to Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic are exempt from:
- check before departure
- check on arrival
- test on day 8
Please note! The exemptions apply only to children, not to parents, legal guardians or adults accompanying minor travelers.
Travelers under 12 years old are not vaccinated
Unvaccinated travelers under 12 years of age must follow all testing and quarantine requirements if not accompanied by a fully vaccinated traveler.
Unvaccinated travelers between 12 and 17 years old
Travelers 12 to 17 years of age are subject to entry testing and quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travelers, whether arriving in Canada with a fully vaccinated adult or not.
Please note! Unvaccinated adult dependents visiting Canada with their guardians must also follow the rules for unvaccinated travelers regarding testing and quarantine.
Transit through Canada - rules during the Covid-19 pandemic
Transiting through Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic allows travelers to avoid:
- pre-entry test
- check on arrival
- test on day 8
- quarantine period
Canada visa requirements
Canada's visa policy can be divided into two main categories:
- Countries require regular visas
- Eligible countries for eTA
If your country of origin is not listed as eligible for a Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), you will likely need to apply for a regular tourist visa or other regular visa appropriate to your eligibility. quality your trip to Canada.
The Canadian eTA is a required document for travelers from visa-exempt countries arriving in Canada by air. It serves as a multiple-entry permit to Canada, issued for five years and allows multiple trips for recreational, business or transit reasons.
If you are visa-exempt to Canada and plan to arrive in the country by air, be sure to apply for a Canada eTA online no later than 72 hours after your planned arrival.
Canada Passenger Locator Form - ArriveCAN
The Canadian government has made it mandatory for all arriving travelers to complete an online ArriveCAN health form within 72 hours of their intended arrival in Canada.
Online forms were introduced in 2021 to help the Canadian government control the Covid-19 situation and require travelers to provide information related to their personal contact details, details of their visit Canada's expectations, vaccination/testing details and their travel history . .
Request your ArriveCAN and make sure you bring PDF confirmation of your completed health declaration when you arrive in Canada.
While travel insurance is currently not required when visiting Canada during the pandemic, it is best to purchase travel insurance, especially Covid-19 insurance, to be prepared for anything. may happen during your trip to a foreign country.
Learn more about our travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage and travel to Canada safely and prepared for any unprecedented situation.