COVID-19 Update as of April 1, 2022

Travel to Canada: Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers

Canada’s entry requirements often change, so international students are well-advised to inform themselves about the latest changes before travelling to Canada. Go to the Government of Canada website at this URL:  for the most up-to-date entry information.

On February 15, 2022, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that as the latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant had peaked, Canada would transition away from the crisis phase. Therefore, starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers by land, air or water.


Until April 1, 2022, travellers must follow the existing pre-entry test requirements, which are posted here under the header: Pre-entry testing (accepted types, timing).

You must still use ArriveCAN before and after April 1.

Starting April 1, 2022, the conditions to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller are as follows:

  1. You must have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines or at least one of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
    Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for travel to and within Canada are:

    1. AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
    2. Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
    3. Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
    4. Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 to 11 years
    5. Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)
    6. Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years
    7. Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
    8. Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

  2. Also, you must have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before you enter Canada, e.g., if your second dose were anytime on Thursday, July 1, then Thursday, July 15 would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition.

  3. You have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry.

  4. You must upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN, complete your ArriveCAN submission and have an ArriveCAN receipt with the letter I, V, or A beside your name. 
    A suitable Quarantine Plan must be entered into ArriveCAN. Click here to learn more about Quarantine Plans. You may be asked to explain your quarantine plan at the border.
    Click here and here to learn more about ArriveCAN.

  5. Complete the arrival test if selected. 
    Upon entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.
    If selected, once you have completed the arrival test, as a fully vaccinated traveller, you can travel to your destination, including on connecting flights, without waiting for your arrival test results (if selected for testing).
    However, you must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days when entering Canada if you don’t meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller, i.e. you tested positive for the mandatory arrival test.

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