Traveling to Canada By Air and Land

You can find important and relevant information here about entering to Canada by land and air.

Guidance for Travelers

Upcoming border changes

If they meet certain criteria, fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates:

  • Effective August 9, American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who meet particular criteria to be completely vaccinated will be considered fully vaccinated.
  • All other foreign nationals who qualify as completely vaccinated as of September 7 (planned start date):

All passengers arriving by plane after 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 9 will be exempt from the 3-night hotel layover requirement.

The Canadian government has announced the next step in removing border restrictions for fully immunized travelers. To read the entire announcement, click here press release.

Global Affairs Canada has a tool called Travel Wizard that can help you determine if you can travel to Canada by answering a few easy questions. More information can be found here.

As of August 9, 2021, the Canada-US border will be open to fully-vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents. The most up-to-date border information can be found here.

If you have any further questions, you can visit the PHAC website here or call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397.

It is recommended that travelers read the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) notices here.

Please visit this Government of Canada website for the most up-to-date official government of Canada updates on travel restrictions. 

International passenger planes will be permitted to land at the following five additional Canadian airports beginning August 9, 2021:

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
  • Edmonton International Airport.

These airports are working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, and Transport Canada to put in place the required safeguards to safely welcome foreign travellers as soon as feasible after August 9, depending on the circumstances.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are collaborating to make health-screening procedures more accessible and effective at airports.

  • Information about procedures at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is here.
  • Information about procedures at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is here.
  • Information about procedures at the Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is here.
  • Information about procedures at Toronto’s Pearson airport (YYZ) is here.
  • Information about procedures at Montreal’s Trudeau airport (YUL) is here.
  • Air Canada (and Air Canada Rouge) has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
  • WestJet has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
  • Air Transat has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
  • Swoop has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
  • Porter has issued a response to COVID-19 here.

 

For specifics on passenger ships transporting more than 12 people, Arctic coastline water restrictions, or any other current information, please contact us, visit the Transport Canada website

If you were planning to visit Canada as part of a cruise, we recommend that you contact your cruise operator for the most up-to-date information on cancellations, alterations, and other pertinent information.

VIA Rail Canada is keeping an eye on the situation and will update this page with any new information here.

Rocky Mountaineer is keeping an eye on the issue and will update this page with any new information here.

The Hotel Association of Canada is currently upgrading this page here.

We recommend contacting your event organizer and host location for the most up-to-date information if you’re heading to Canada for a conference or event.

You may get more information about our Business Events industry partners here.

Fully vaccinated travelers who are approved to enter Canada may be free from the federal requirements to:

  • Quarantine, which includes a government-approved hotel for flying passengers, and
  • complete a day-8 test

A government representative at the border makes the final decision on this exemption based on the facts provided at the time of arrival into Canada.

The exception does not apply to those who crossed the border before July 5, 2021.

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