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Canada To Drop All Travel Restrictions Soon And Allow Unvaccinated Tourists

Canada reopened borders for vaccinated tourists from most countries on September 7. U.S.-Canada land border reopened on Nov. 8.

To be eligible, visitors must meet a series of requirements as well as present proof of vaccination and a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

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September 23 – Canada plans to drop travel restrictions soon

Canada has a date for dropping travel restrictions but it has not been approved by the cabinet yet. Multiple sources stated that September 30 is the date when Canada will allow all tourists including those unvaccinated without testing or other requirements.

September – Ontario Citizens Can Access New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shots from Sept. 12

Adults in Ontario can book appointments for a booster shot with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine starting Monday, according to the province.

This vaccine targets both the original virus and the Omicron strain BA.1 that emerged late last year and caused the largest wave of infections and hospitalizations of the pandemic. Moderna’s revised vaccine was approved by Health Canada earlier this month.

These types of initiatives are expected to help the country ease its Covid-19 entry restrictions in the coming months.

August – Canada reimposes random testing at Canadian airports. Passengers can face a 10-day quarantine

International passengers arriving at Canada’s four main airports – Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto – may be randomly tested for Covid 19 upon arrival. If they test positive, they must be quarantined in a hotel for 10 days.

Visitors must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of this before entering Canada. However, after passing through border controls at one of the airports, in many cases they will receive an email “within 15 minutes of completing your customs declaration” asking them to get tested.

The Covid test, which is free, must be done the day of arrival or the following day. The government says: “You can complete your test in-person or pick up a self-swab kit at select test provider locations, select pharmacies, or via a virtual appointment for a self-swab test.”

New Official Entry Requirements 

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

  • All visitors 5 years of age or older must obtain a negative pre-departure PCR test
  • Prepare a 10-day quarantine plan in case you don’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler
  • Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • Arrival tests – randomized testing and exemptions
  • In case you are selected for a mandatory randomized test you must take it within the 24 hours of your arrival


Recent Travelers Experience

Source: Q&A FB Group – COVID-19 TRAVEL Advice & Support Community

Helen H. “In Canada at the moment. All went well at immigration. They viewed our vaccination papers needed our Arrivecan receipt number. Asked a few questions and then we were wished a happy vacation. There are now checks on vaccine status in Ontario for dine-in places and other venues but works well. Was as smooth as you could hope for.”

Canada-U.S. land border reopening

Canada reopened its land border for American travelers who can produce a negative COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination. The U.S. will follow suit on Nov. 8 but they will only request Canadians to be fully vaccinated and no test is needed.

Traveling to Canada FAQs:

COVID-19 Situation in Canada

COVID-19 cases in Canada

Canada, like all nations throughout the world, has suffered greatly as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As of September 13, the country has reported 4,197,701 cases and 44,347 deaths.

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How safe is it to visit Canada now?

Canada is ranked at level 3 by the CDC organization. This means that Canada is no longer a safe place to visit. (

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