Current COVID-19 Border Measures for Travellers Entering Canada (CBSA)


The Government has announced travel restrictions due to concerns over the Omicron variant and is re-instating COVID-19 testing on all air travellers entering the country with the exception of the United States.



The Government of Canada’s phased approach to easing border measures was developed to meet specific public health criteria and is based on scientific evidence and the public health situation in Canada and around the world.

Pandemic border changes since summer 2021

In August and September 2021, the Government continued to reopen Canada’s borders, allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the U.S. to enter Canada for discretionary purposes on August 9, followed by fully vaccinated discretionary travellers from all other countries on September 7.

The Government also eliminated the requirement to stay in government-authorized accommodation upon arrival.

Before arriving in Canada, travellers have had to:

Final determination regarding exemptions is always made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada, which is why a quarantine plan is still required. Acceptable supporting proof of vaccination, as outlined below, is also required.

“Fully vaccinated” definition:


Exemptions are also in place until January 15, 2022, for certain individuals, including essential workers entering for non-discretionary purposes, as well as habitual residents of cross-border communities.

Quarantine and testing:

Declaring vaccination status:

72-hour trip testing exemption:

Beginning November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada, who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada are exempt from taking a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test. This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada that are taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, who depart and re-enter by land or by air.

The exemption will also apply to:

For fully vaccinated travellers with the right of entry into Canada who are travelling by air, the 72-hour period runs from the initially scheduled departure time for their flight leaving Canada to the scheduled departure time for their return flight to Canada. Travellers will be responsible for maintaining proof of the 72-hour period to show airline/rail companies and border officials as required (such as a boarding pass or travel itinerary).

Accepted vaccines:

Also on November 30, 2021, the Government of Canada will expand its list of accepted vaccines needed to enter Canada and exemption criteria from some testing and quarantine requirements. The list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization ‘s (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL).

Changes scheduled for Jan 15, 2022:

As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. These groups include:

Omicron measures:

On November 26, the Government of Canada announced additional measures in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant in southern Africa, including prohibition on travel from certain countries. On November 30, that list was expanded. Foreign nationals who have travelled to any of these countries in the previous 14 days will not be allowed entry to Canada. The full list of prohibited countries is:

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and people with status under the Indian Act, regardless of their vaccination status or having had a previous history of testing positive for COVID-19, who have been in any of these 10 countries in the previous 14 days, will be subject to enhanced pre-entry and arrival testing, screening, and quarantine measures.

Unvaccinated travellers, with right of entry to Canada, will continue to be tested on arrival and day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. However, those arriving by air will now be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility or other suitable location while they await the result of their on arrival test.

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