Traveling to Canada during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note – The number of coronavirus cases remains high worldwide. Health officials warn that travel increases the chances of contracting and spreading the virus. Staying at home is the best way to stop transmission. Below is information you need to know if you plan to travel, last updated on September 19, 2022.

(CNN) – If you’re planning to travel to Canada, here’s what to know and expect if you plan to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

An average of 2,800 is now being registered in Canada new cases per day

The country is open to fully integrated travelers.

What is offered

This is the ultimate destination for adventure. Whether it’s skiing and snowboarding in the Rockies or bear watching in the Ontario wilderness, Canada has everything to satisfy travelers looking to spend time outdoors.

Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City are perfect for city breaks, offering world-class culture, food and entertainment.

Who can go

Citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter Canada, but if they are unvaccinated, they must self-quarantine for 14 days.

International travelers who have been admitted are allowed to enter after September 7, 2021. The approved Covid-19 vaccines in Canada are: Pfizer-BioNTech; Modern; AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD; Janssen/Johnson & Johnson; Sinopharm; Sinovac; and COVAXIN, which complies with the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use List (EUL).
“Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated or are traveling for a non-discretionary purpose will continue to be exempt,” says the Government of Canada website.
In March, Canada announced it would remove the pre-Covid-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 1, saying the pandemic was entering a “transitional phase.”

Additionally, the Canadian government is no longer advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel.

Read more about the changes here.

What are the restrictions?

All authorized arrivals must use the ArriveCAN app or website to submit travel and contact information, a 14-day quarantine plan (without vaccinations and if granted an exemption) and a self-assessment of Covid-19 symptoms.

A quarantine plan should outline where you will stay, how you will get there, and how you will arrange to deliver essentials such as food and medicine. Failure to comply with the plan could result in up to six months in prison and a $750,000 CAD ($593,000 US) fine.

In early June, Canada announced that it was lifting its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination mandate, requiring rail and air passengers to provide proof of vaccination before being vaccinated. This will take effect on June 20.

What is the status of Covid-19?

The number of cases in Canada is stable in early 2022 after a dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases led by Omicron.

Canada reports an average of 2,800 cases per day.

About 83% of the population is vaccinated against Covid-19 as of September 19, 2022.

What can visitors expect?

The province has been relaxing rules on gatherings, indoor dining, masks and travel in recent months in response to rising vaccination rates and declining cases.

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Paula Newton and Karla Cripps contributed to this report.