Yesterday, federal officials announced that as of October 1, 2022, all travellers arriving in Canada will no longer have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Canada or meet COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation requirements.
All travellers will also no longer have to submit their public health information through ArriveCAN.
Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements.
As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to:
- Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail;
- Wear masks on planes and trains.
While travellers will no longer have to submit their quarantine and vaccination information through ArriveCAN, they can continue to use the optional Advance Declaration feature in ArriveCAN (free as a mobile app or on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website) to save time at the airport by submitting their customs and immigration declaration in advance of arrival. This feature is currently available to travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, or Montréal-Trudeau international airports and will expand to the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa, Québec City, and Halifax international airports in the coming months.
Cruise measures will also be lifted. Travellers will no longer be required to have pre-board tests, be vaccinated, or use ArriveCAN.
Despite the changes being made in Canada, at this time, no changes have been made to the U.S. government’s requirement for all visitors 18 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travellers are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks (14 days) after their second dose of an accepted 2-dose series. More detailed information on this requirement, including exemptions, can be obtained here, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html.
The Canadian Snowbird Association is continually monitoring the entry policies in both countries and will provide updates to members as soon as new information is available.