Essential Travelers Must Be Fully Vaccinated to Enter Canada During Pandemic


Only fully vaccinated groups of travelers, both non-essential or essential, are now allowed to enter Canada. As of January 15, 2022, certain travelers who were earlier exempt from entry requirements will now be allowed to enter Canada during pandemic only if they are fully vaccinated.

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The new essential groups of travelers include 

  • Family reunification travelers;
  • International students 18 years of age and older;
  • Persons with valid work permits, including temporary foreign workers;
  • Professional and amateur athletes; and
  • Essential service providers, including truck drivers.

From September last year, non-essential travelers entered Canada only if they were fully vaccinated. However, some exempt travelers may still enter Canada during pandemic but will be subject to testing, quarantine, and other public health measures. 

Some of the exempt groups include foreign nationals who hold a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), agricultural and food processing workers, marine crew members, people coming to Canada on compassionate grounds. Unvaccinated children of 18 years of age or younger are also included in the exempt list. 

At this time, it is not required to have a booster dose to be considered fully vaccinated in Canada. Border officers make the final decision on who can enter the country, and whether incoming travelers have to quarantine.

Use this official online tool to verify your eligibility to enter Canada during pandemic. 

What Do New Travel Requirements Mean for Canada Immigration? 

To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received the full recommended dose of an approved vaccine. 

Canada’s government-approved vaccines include

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Travelers must ensure that the final dose is administered at least 14 days before attempting to enter Canada during pandemic. Use of ArriveCAN application is mandated to submit all required COVID-19 information before crossing the border.

The latest travel requirements will not affect the pace of current Canadian immigration. The country had a good run last year. Canada is still continuing to carry forward its ambitious intake plan of admitting over 411,000 new immigrants in 2022. 

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