Canada extends vaccination requirement for visitors through at least June

Jun 1, 2022

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Canada will continue to enforce its strongest COVID-19 protocol requiring visitors to be vaccinated to enter, the country’s public health agency announced May 31.

All tourists, including Americans, must upload proof of vaccination and additional travel information to the ArriveCan app before traveling to Canada through at least June 30.

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Current entry protocols

Through June 30, all travelers, regardless of entry point, must upload their vaccination proof and additional travel information to the country’s ArriveCan app at least 72 hours ahead of travel. This information can also be added online.

“If you don’t submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000,” per the Canadian government.

This is the only step vaccinated travelers must take prior to traveling to Canada because fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to submit a predeparture test to enter as of April.

border checklist
(Screenshot from travel.gc.ca)

The Canadian government currently accepts nine vaccine types for entry, including those from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. You are considered fully vaccinated in the eyes of Canadian officials if at least 14 days have passed after your final vaccine dose.

Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated tourists remain barred from entering Canada until at least July with the extension of the vaccine requirement.

Young travelers ages 5 to 11 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult traveler; entry requirements do not apply to those under age 5.

Related: More COVID-19 restrictions are removed for visitors to Canada

As has been the case since February, travelers may be randomly selected for COVID-19 testing upon arrival at select airports, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

“As a reminder, travelers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing,” Canadian government officials previously said. “Travelers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.”

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