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Canada announced new ArriveCAN app update for fully vaccinated travellers

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Canada has announced new ArriveCAN app update for fully vaccinated travellers.

An updated version of ArriveCAN will be released on July 5, updated so that travellers to Canada can benefit from the new exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers.

Please see ★ Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs) effective July 5, 2021.

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In November 2020, Canada made it mandatory for all travellers to Canada to use the ArriveCAN app as part of efforts to help contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting November 21, 2020 air travellers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information through the ArriveCAN app before boarding.

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All eligible travellers entering Canada must submit their COVID-19 information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before entering Canada, including:

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  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • vaccination information
  • reference code for a confirmed three-night reservation at a government-authorized accommodation (for air travellers only, unless fully-vaccinated or exempt; and
  • COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • A traveller can also have a friend or family member enter the information into ArriveCAN for them.

Exemption for eligible fully vaccinated travellers – ArriveCAN app update

Under the ArriveCAN app update, starting July 5, 2021, there will be some exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions and are eligible to enter Canada.

You will not be able to upload your proof of vaccination into ArriveCAN until that time.

If you have the ArriveCAN mobile app, make sure to update it on or after July 5.

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The government of Canada published the following detailed update on its webpage at COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada:

Until 12:00 am ET on July 5: No exemptions for vaccinated travellers

The ArriveCAN app update says that until 12:00 am ET on July 5, all travellers regardless of vaccination status, must follow testing and quarantine requirements, including the hotel stopover for travellers arriving by air.

Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

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Find out if you can enter Canada

Starting at 12:01 am ET on July 5: Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions

The ArriveCAN app update says that you may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:

Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:

  • quarantine
  • hotel stopover (for air travellers)
  • day-8 testing requirement

Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated

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Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border.

Determine if you’re fully vaccinated to take advantage of ArriveCAN app update

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:

  • be eligible to enter Canada
  • have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
  • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Thursday July 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN

Accepted vaccines:

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  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine – single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

If you received your vaccines outside Canada, it’s still accepted but proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

Entry requirements for the fully vaccinated exemption

The ArriveCAN app update mandates that fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:

Quarantine plan under ArriveCAN app update

You must have a suitable quarantine plan where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.

Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:

  • are symptomatic
  • don’t meet the requirements

If you don’t meet the requirements, you’ll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative.

If you meet all the requirements, you won’t need to complete the federal quarantine.

Provinces and territories may have their own border measures as well as public health guidelines, so it’s important that travellers check for the most up-to-date travel requirements for the province or territory of destination.

Provincial and territorial restrictions

Arrival testing

Register in advance for your test to save time at the border.

Follow the instructions provided to you upon entry to Canada to complete your arrival (day 1) test. Airports and some land borders have on-site testing or sample observation services where you can complete your test before continuing on to your destination.

If you receive a home test kit instead, complete it on the day you arrive and send it to the lab following the instructions provided.

If your arrival test is negative:

  • follow local public health measures
  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
  • keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days

If your arrival test is positive:

  • isolate yourself from others right away
  • you will be contacted by your local public health authority
  • follow their instructions
  • keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days

Proof of vaccination

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.

The new version of ArriveCAN will be released on July 5, 2021. You will not be able to upload your proof of vaccination into ArriveCAN until that time.

If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won’t be considered for the exemption, even if you meet all the other requirements.

If you meet the exemption, you may receive notifications from ArriveCAN; however, you won’t be required to complete daily reporting.

Providing proof of your vaccination

In ArriveCAN, you must provide:

  • the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
  • the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
  • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
    • if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
    • file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
    • maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
  • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
  • these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French

Providing a certified translation if your proof is not in French or English

No exceptions for partially-vaccinated travellers

At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven’t received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

See also Is COVID-19 Vaccine Passports program coming to Canada?


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