Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller you are:

Required to show a pre-entry molecular test
Required to use ArriveCAN
Required to take an arrival test if selected
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from Day-8 testing

All travellers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller regardless of citizenship. Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

pre-entry molecular test is required for all travellers. A rapid antigen test will not be accepted.

If you provide essential services or already qualify for other exemptions from quarantine and Day-8 testing, you don’t need to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller to enter Canada. If you think you qualify for other exemptions, find out if your travel is exempt.

Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of a Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines

    • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada

    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition

  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN

  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19

  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test result)

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)

  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)

  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French

What is not accepted as a fully vaccinated traveller

Vaccines not currently accepted

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)

  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)

  • Gamaleya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)

  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)

  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)

  • Other

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

Partial vaccination Recovered from COVID-19 with only one dose

If you do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you may still be able to enter Canada.
Find out if you can enter Canada

Pre-entry testing and other requirements to follow for your trip

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must also follow these requirements:

1. Get a pre-entry test (accepted types and timing)2. Quarantine plan in case you don’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller3. Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN4. Checklist of what to have ready at the border5. Arrival tests - randomized testing and exemptions

Testing positive or possible exposure within 14 days of your entry to Canada

Monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days after your arrival. If you start having COVID-19 symptoms you must immediately:

  • contact the local public health authority and follow their directions, including isolation

  • report symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343

You must provide proof of your test results, if asked, to any federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government official or peace officer.

Troubleshooting vaccination issues in ArriveCAN

You didn’t see the vaccination questions in ArriveCAN or couldn’t upload proofNo receipt from ArriveCANContact ArriveCAN if you receive emails or notificationsYour ArriveCAN receipt doesn’t include the letters I or V

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