Travel restrictions to Canada: What you need to know

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TORONTO (CTV Network) – With COVID-19 restrictions at the border in place for at least another month, some Canadians may need a primer on what the rules are.

Public Health Canada has announced that several pandemic restrictions at Canada’s airports and land borders, including vaccine mandates, random COVID-19 tests and mandatory use of the ArriveCan app, will be extended until at least June 30.

While few Canadians may still be wary about travel, some are ready to take a vacation after more than two years in the pandemic. CTVNews.ca breaks the rules that travelers should be aware of while planning their trips before take off.

Pre-entry testing is no longer required

As of April 1, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before entry to enter Canada by air, land or water.

Passengers may still undergo a mandatory random PCR test at the airport – in part to monitor new and emerging COVID-19 variants – although they will not be required to isolate while they await their results.

From April 25, children ages 5 to 11 traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will not be required to complete a COVID-19 test before entering Canada, regardless of whether or not the child is not immunized. Children under the age of five will not be required to complete a COVID-19 test prior to entry either, and are exempt from vaccination requirements. ARRIVECAN APP

All travelers coming to Canada, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, must still use the ArriveCAN app to submit their health information before arriving in Canada. Passengers must submit their information at ArriveCAN within 72 hours prior to arrival at the port of entry.

Travelers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may have to be tested on arrival and on the eighth day of a 14-day quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status. Foreign nationals may also be denied entry if they do not complete an ArriveCAN application.

Any traveler who does not provide their information and proof of vaccination with ArriveCAN can be fined $5,000.

While travelers must still use the ArriveCAN app, the federal government has dropped its requirements for those entering the country to monitor and report any symptoms of COVID-19 they are experiencing. Travelers from abroad will not be required to keep a list of their close contacts and places visited during the first 14 days after their arrival in Canada. Proof of vaccination is still required

Although pre-entry testing requirements have been removed, the requirement to be fully vaccinated with the government-approved COVID-19 vaccine for federally regulated air, rail, and shipping remains in effect.

Pre-entry testing requirements for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers who are currently permitted to travel to Canada remain unchanged.

Unless otherwise exempted, all travelers 12 years of age or older who do not qualify for a full vaccination, having received at least two doses of the travel-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of two vaccines, must continue to provide negative evidence beforehand. COVID-19 test result.

Acceptable pre-entry tests include a negative rapid antigen test administered by a health professional conducted only 1 day prior to arrival at the port of entry, or a negative molecular test performed at least 72 hours prior to a scheduled flight or land border crossing.

Passengers who have been partially vaccinated or not vaccinated may also submit a positive molecular test taken at least 10 days and no more than 180 days before the scheduled flight departure time or arrival at the land border to enter Canada. Positive antigen test results are not acceptable.

The government recommends completing the COVID-19 vaccine series, along with any additional doses recommended in Canada, at least 14 days before traveling internationally. For those who have to travel, the government suggests delaying one’s plans until they are fully vaccinated. Masks during travel and after arrival

Canadian adults and children five and older who have been fully vaccinated are no longer expected to wear a mask in public for 14 days after arriving in Canada. However, children ages 5 to 11 who have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated must continue to wear masks in public places, such as school, for 14 days after entering Canada.

All travelers are also still required to wear a mask while traveling on federally regulated transportation, such as a plane or train, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. before you go

Before traveling, the government recommends checking the requirements for COVID-19 testing and vaccination, as well as other entry requirements, at a person’s destination as they may be different from Canada’s rules.

The Canadian government is also advising travelers to monitor their COVID-19 status at their destination in the days leading up to travel in case the COVID-19 infection status and public health requirements change there. cruise ships

Cruise passengers five years of age or older are required to have an antigen or COVID-19 molecular test in order to board the ship one day before their scheduled departure, but will not need to be tested before disembarking the ship.

All other requirements for cruises, including proof of vaccination prior to boarding, remain in effect.

The government continues to warn travelers that the virus can easily spread between people in close quarters, such as on cruise ships. The government says the chance of contracting COVID-19 on cruise ships remains “very high,” even for those who have been fully vaccinated.

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