Canada’s travel rules have officially been updated for fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country. As of Monday, July 5, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be allowed to skip some travel measures such as the federal quarantine and the day eight COVID-19 testing.
The only applies to Canadians who have received a full course of a federally approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Approved vaccines include Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
- The details about your first dose including when you got it, where you got it and what vaccine you received
- The same details about your second dose
- A photo or PDF file of your vaccination record (this will be the documentation or card that you received at your vaccination appointment)
If both of your doses are recorded on a single card or document you will need to upload the same image or file twice. PDFs are preferred, but photos work, too. Also, the proof must be in English, French or a certified translation into one of those two languages.
Setting up your ArriveCAN app
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In order to prove your vaccination status, you’ll need to lean on the ArriveCAN app. The app will basically function as your vaccination passport, though the government is not officially using that term. To get set up on ArriveCAN, you can download the mobile app in the App Store or you can create an account and sign in on your desktop.
If you won’t be travelling with your smartphone, the Canadian Government suggests that you use the website beforehand and bring a printout of your information when you travel.
If you don’t add your vaccine information into the app, you won’t be exempt from any travel measures, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Remember, you must have received your second dose 14 days prior to entering Canada.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.