These changes were first hinted at on June 9, 2021, and were made possible by the success of vaccine rollout and the dedication of Canadians to upholding public health measures.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others already eligible to enter Canada and who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine won’t have to go to a mandatory hotel, quarantine or complete a Day 8 test, but will still need COVID-19 tests before they leave for Canada and once they arrive.
To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine—or combination of vaccines—accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are the accepted vaccines.
The ArriveCAN app will be updated on July 5 to allow fully vaccinated travellers to upload proof of their vaccination certificate, which will be verified to ensure authenticity. Travellers will also need to have a digital or paper copy of their vaccination documentation.
Partially vaccinated or completely unvaccinated travellers arriving by air will still be subject to the full suite of public health restrictions, including staying for up to three nights in a government-approved hotel and completing a 14-day quarantine.
These new rules do not make it possible for foreign nationals or non-essential travellers to enter Canada. The only travellers eligible to enter Canada are citizens, permanent residents and those eligible as essential travellers.
For more information on the changes to travel restrictions, visit the federal government’s website.