COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada
You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:
- are eligible to enter Canada
- are asymptomatic
- meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers
- meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in ArriveCAN before arrival
Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:
- hotel stopover (for air travellers)
- day-8 testing requirement
Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated
Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.
Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border.
To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:
- be eligible to enter Canada
- 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 Thursday July 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
- upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine – single dose
- 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)
The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.
If you received your vaccines outside Canada, it’s still accepted but proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.
Fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:
You must have a suitable quarantine plan where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.
Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:
- are symptomatic
- don’t meet the requirements
If you don’t meet the requirements, you’ll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative.
If you meet all the requirements, you won’t need to complete the federal quarantine.
Provinces and territories may have their own border measures as well as public health guidelines, so it’s important that travellers check for the most up-to-date travel requirements for the province or territory of destination.
Register in advance for your test to save time at the border.
Follow the instructions provided to you upon entry to Canada to complete your arrival (day 1) test. Airports and some land borders have on-site testing or sample observation services where you can complete your test before continuing on to your destination.
If you receive a home test kit instead, complete it on the day you arrive and send it to the lab following the instructions provided.
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
You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.
The new version of ArriveCAN will be released on July 5, 2021. You will not be able to upload your proof of vaccination into ArriveCAN until that time.
If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won’t be considered for the exemption, even if you meet all the other requirements.
If you meet the exemption, you may receive notifications from ArriveCAN; however, you won’t be required to complete daily reporting.
Providing proof of your vaccination
In ArriveCAN, 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
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.
We only accept translations by a certified translator.
Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.
If your proof of vaccination doesn’t meet all of the requirements it will be considered invalid and you will be required to:
- stay at government-authorized hotel to await the results of your arrival test before continuing on to your place of quarantine (if arriving by air)
- complete a quarantine period of at least 14 days
- complete a second test on day 8 of your quarantine
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.
Use ArriveCAN on or after July 5 – download the mobile app or sign in online.
Use ArriveCAN – download the mobile app or sign in online
At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven’t received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.
If you used ArriveCAN before the vaccination feature was added on July 5, 2021
If you’ve already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt without your vaccination status, start over in ArriveCAN before you cross the border. ArriveCAN will clear your previous submission.
If you have installed the ArriveCAN mobile app, update it first (if you don’t have auto update on). Use ArriveCAN – download the mobile app or sign in online
ArriveCAN is asking if you pre-booked a hotel
If ArriveCAN didn’t ask you to upload proof of vaccination, and/or asked if you pre-booked a government-authorized hotel, there are 3 possible reasons
- the vaccine you received is not an accepted vaccine
- the date of your last dose was less than 14 days prior to your date of entry to Canada
- you’re trying to upload proof of vaccination before the vaccination feature has been added to ArriveCAN
- Start over after the feature has been added on July 5th, 2021. Your previous submission will be cleared automatically.
- If you are using the ArriveCAN mobile app, update the app before using it.
If at least one traveller in the submission is not fully vaccinated, you will be asked if you have booked a government-authorized hotel and you will continue to receive notifications from ArriveCAN.