Canada’s travel rules have been updated again and here are the changes you need to know


It seems like the federal government is constantly updating Canada’s travel rules, so we’ve decided to put together a list of the latest changes to make your life easier.

While the new rules won’t affect everyone, it’s always a good idea to stay up to date with them. Here are the answers to some questions you might be wondering about the latest updates.

Has the list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines changed?

It will soon be the case. As of November 30, 2021, Canada will expand its list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines that travelers may have received to be considered “fully vaccinated.”

Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN are added to Canada’s list.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) will also continue to be considered eligible vaccines.

Are the tests always compulsory when traveling?

Fully vaccinated persons with a right of entry into Canada will no longer be required to submit a pre-entry molecular test (PCR) if they are traveling outside the country lasting 72 hours or less from of November 30, 2021.

This means that travelers who leave and then re-enter Canada by land or air within three days will not have to take a PCR test before returning to the country.

Fortunately, this makes quick road trips across the border a bit easier. For anyone who hopes to drive from Canada to the United States and return within 72 hours, no COVID-19 test will be necessary since the United States does not require testing at its land borders.

However, if you are planning to travel to the United States from Canada, you will still need a negative COVID-19 test, along with full proof of vaccination, to enter the United States regardless of the duration of your stay. Unlike Canada, the United States accepts antigen testing.

Have the rules for trips over 72 hours changed?

Currently not. The rules have not changed for those who leave Canada for more than 72 hours.

If your trip outside of Canada lasts longer than 72 hours, you must provide a negative pre-entry molecular test (PCR) performed within 72 hours of your arrival. Antigen tests are still not accepted.

Testing restrictions have also not been relaxed for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers.

What are the changes to the exemptions?

The government recently announced that some travelers who were previously exempt from entry requirements will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada on January 15, 2022.

This includes international students aged 18 and over, professional and amateur athletes, people with valid work permits, and essential service providers including truck drivers.

It will also apply to “persons traveling to reunite with their families”, although eligible unvaccinated children traveling for this reason will remain exempt.

What happens with the Canadian vaccine passport?

COVID-19 vaccination becomes a requirement for domestic and international travel to Canada as of November 30, 2021. This means that a negative COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to full vaccination.

So if you are hoping to visit your family in another province for Christmas, you will need to be fully immunized.

This new rule will not apply in cases where a person has a valid medical exemption.

Anyone hoping to travel within or outside the country should consider downloading the Canadian Travel Vaccine Passport, which is now available in all provinces and territories except Alberta.

Before you go, consult our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and above all, be respectful during your trip.

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