New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Update
Updated: Feb 22
Important information about your approved temporary resident visa or super visa and Canada’s travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
The IRCC has sent out some important reminders to Canadian immigration representatives regarding how the rapidly changing COVID restrictions could affect those who have a temporary resident visa or super visa. They have informed us that due to the evolving epidemiological situation of the pandemic, the Government of Canada is continuously adjusting its border measures. Even if you have a valid temporary resident (visitor) visa or super visa, you may not be able to travel to Canada at this time.
Some key requirements you need to research before traveling:
To travel to Canada, foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated and should check pre-entry testing and quarantine requirements before traveling. In the event that you do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you may qualify under one of the limited exemptions. Learn whether you can enter Canada.
The mandatory travel information must be submitted electronically via ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arrival in Canada and you will be required to show a Canadian border services officer the receipt of your submission before you can enter. Please make sure you are using the latest, updated version of ArriveCan.
The requirements are changing rapidly. COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine, and borders should be consulted before you make travel plans, and again before you depart, to avoid being denied boarding or entry to Canada.
Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada
When entering Canada, you must provide mandatory travel information using ArriveCAN. This can be done in just a few minutes, helping to make Canada a safer place. The mobile app is free and available in English, French, and Spanish (displayed according to your device's language settings). The latest ArriveCAN version can be downloaded from the app store or downloaded by clicking 'update'.
Fully vaccinated traveller exemption
If you are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, you will be able to travel to Canada from September 7, 2021!
This is also provided that you meet specific entry requirements and if the COVID-19 situation in Canada remains stable and favourable for travel. The video above outlines the eligibility requirements and what you need to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.
Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada
Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
Note that as of February 28, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada will no longer have to take a pre-arrival molecular test — such as a PCR, travellers will still be required to take a pre-arrival test, but they can instead opt for an authorized rapid antigen test taken no more than one day before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border.
Checklist of what you need to have ready at the border:
To enter or return to Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must follow all of these requirements.
1. Pre-entry test results
2. ArriveCAN receipt with letter I or, V, or A beside the vaccinated traveller’s name
3. Proof of vaccination that was uploaded into ArriveCAN (original or paper copy)
4. Have a quarantine plan in case of positive results
5. Travel document entered in ArriveCAN (e.g. passport)
6. Air travellers: register in advance for arrival testing
get in touch
We would be happy to discuss travel requirements with you if you need to know more. Our team is always aware of the most current Canada COVID travel restrictions and provides guidance to our clients on the steps to be taken before embarking on their journey to Canada.
Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is rated Canada's number one boutique immigration consultancy. We serve clients across Canada and internationally. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in Canada and abroad.
We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.
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