What you need to know about Canada’s new travel rules starting April 1

Starting April 1, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced it would be eliminating the testing requirement at airports and land border crossings.

Travellers entering the country previously had to show proof of a negative antigen or molecular test prior to their flight or arrival at the border.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received at least two doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson vaccine.

The following vaccines are accepted by Canada for travel:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 to 11 years
  • Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

You must have had the second dose at least 14 days before entering Canada.

Travellers are still required to use the ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in on a computer to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.

Some people may still be randomly selected for a mandatory, random PCR arrival test.

Unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated travellers will still need to isolate and be tested on arrival, and again eight days later.

Children under five years old do not need a pre-entry test. Those five years of age or older who do not qualify as fully vaccinated must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result.

Tourism leaders and mayors of border towns had been calling on the government to make the changes, saying it was a major barrier for those wanting to cross the border.

To see a complete checklist of requirements for travellers entering Canada, visit the Government of Canada website.