Everything You Need to Know About Canada’s New COVID-19 Requirements for Travel

Travel Canada released a new set of COVID-19 requirements for travel within Canada and internationally. Beginning Saturday, October 30th, 2021, passengers traveling via plane, train, or ship/boat must prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF THE NEW RULES:

All travellers that are 12 years of age and older will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated (2 doses) against COVID-19. This includes travel within Canada.

Canada is offering a short “transition period” lasting until November 29th, when travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, meaning they have received 1 dose or the second dose less than 14 days prior, are required to provide proof of valid molecular (PCR) test instead. The negative PCR test IN calgary must have been taken within 72 hours of their travel date and time. Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.

Beginning November 30th, 2021, proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination. This means you must prove that you are fully vaccinated (2 doses, received at least 14 days before your travel date.) in order to board.

Mandatory masks and negative test requirements for international travellers, remain in place.

ACCEPTED VACCINES:

Travellers will have to provide proof that they received two doses of one of approved vaccine or a mix of two. The current vaccinations are currently accepted:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)

Janssen’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be allowed to board as long as they received the shot 14 days before their travel date.

EXEMPTIONS

Travel Canada has announced that there will be “very limited” restrictions with more information to be released in the coming weeks.

US TRAVEL

Vaccinated travellers still require a negative antigen test within 3 days to enter the USA. The USA is also entertaining the idea of requiring negative tests for land crossing. If they do this, vaccinated travellers will require a negative test within 3 days, and unvaccinated travellers will require a negative test within 1 day.

WHERE TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19:

At this time, Precede Occupational Health Services is only offering rapid antigen testing. We would be happy to refer you to an alternative. Please call +1 (866) 989-0499 and we’d be happy to assist you.

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