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Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers

Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs)

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Beginning July 5, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs) kick in Canada. Travellers arriving Canada by land or air, who are eligible to enter Canada and who comply with specific criteria will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test.

In addition, under the exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized accommodation (GAA) to await their on-arrival test result.

Canada had also announced that an updated version of ArriveCAN app will be released on July 5, updated so that travellers to Canada can benefit from the new exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers. See Canada announced new ArriveCAN app update for fully vaccinated travellers

Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions

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You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:

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Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:

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

Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated

Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated, or dependent adults who are travelling with fully vaccinated travellers:

  • must quarantine for 14 days
  • must follow all testing requirements (unless under the age of 5)
  • are not required to stay at a government-authorized hotel

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.

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Entry requirements for Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs)

Travellers seeking to rely on the benefits of Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:

Quarantine plan

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.

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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.

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See also 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.

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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 for Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs)

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 for Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs)

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

See also Providing a certified translation if your proof is not in French or English for Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers.

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 ★ Canada announced new ArriveCAN app update for fully vaccinated travellers

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


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.