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.
- Here you will find the most up-to-date travel information from the Government of Canada.
- Here is the most up-to-date information from the World Health Organization (WHO)
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397. Interpretation services are available in multiple languages. Or email: email@example.com
- Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s website for the latest update on COVID-19.
- Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada
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.