Canada Travel | FAQ

Canada is finally opening borders for tourists after the restrictions have been kept tight for the past 17 months, but things are still not entirely normal or back to normal.

In early July, the gradual opening of the Canadian border began with fully vaccinated released passengers. On July 19, Health Canada announced that the restrictions will be even less stringent on August 9.

By September 7, we expect the border to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists from all countries. Of course, we are still in a pandemic, and these measures may change.

But with what we know so far, we answered some of the most popular questions on the Internet about Canada coming out this summer and fall.

When will travel to Canada resume?

The border openings will be resumed for fully vaccinated tourists from the United States one minute after midnight on August 9th. They must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Temporary United States residents, such as international students, have to wait until September 7, when Canada is due to open fully vaccinated tourists from the rest of the world.

Travel will continue for fully vaccinated tourists from all countries on September 7th. As of now, the date depends on the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is constantly keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 situation in Canada and in other parts as well.

As for unvaccinated tourists, the Prime Minister of Canada has said it will be a long time before these travelers can come.

How does Canada define “fully” vaccinated travelers?

Currently, Canada takes into consideration a "full" vaccine only if the candidates have received all of the recommended doses of vaccine from an approved manufacturer by Canada Health. There are four: Astra Zenka
Jensen (Johnson and Johnson)

Also, two weeks have passed between your final shot and your attempt to cross the line. Otherwise, you run the risk of being considered "completely unvaccinated", which could result in border eviction or being forced into quarantine.

What are the provisions for traveling to Canada from India?

Canada has extended the ban on direct flights between Canada and India until 21 August. For now, Indian candidates have to take an alternate and indirect route and also provide a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of their departure to a third country.

Do I need quarantine?

It depends. Anyone coming to Canada still has to come with a quarantine plan in case the officer determines he must be isolated for 14 days. The final decision on who to quarantine rests with the police at the border.

Since July 5, fully vaccinated travelers who are exempt from travel restrictions do not need to be quarantined. Exempt travelers include Canadians, family members, employees and international students. Provided they perform a negative COVID-19 test at the border, they are also exempt from eight-day tests, which are usually required of people in quarantine.

The rules will change again starting August 9th. Fully vaccinated passengers will no longer need to perform the COVID-19 test at the border unless they are subject to randomized tests.

As of August 9, the hotel's mandatory closure will no longer be in effect. Until then, however, there is no need for unvaccinated travelers to stay in a government-approved hotel to wait for the results of their arrival check.

Will traveling to Canada require a COVID-19 vaccine?

It depends on the purpose of your trip and whether you are exempt from travel restrictions or not. If you come for a substantial reason, but you are not completely immunized in the eyes of the government, you will most likely need to go through quarantine and probation measures.

If you are coming for an insignificant reason — like tourism or shopping — you will need to be fully vaccinated, for now.

What if the candidate is partially or fully vaccinated with an unapproved vaccine in Canada?

At this point, you will still be subject to the same measures as unvaccinated travelers. In order to reach Canada, you will need to be exempt from travel restrictions, and pass all testing and quarantine requirements.

What if I'm not vaccinated?

Exempt travelers, such as Canadian citizens, permanent residents, family members, employees, most international students, and other vital travelers may still cross the border if we are not treated.

They will have to perform pre-arrival checks, arrival checks, and eight-day checks during quarantine. However, after August 9, the candidate have to no longer stay in a hotel approved by the government at their own expense while they wait for the results of their arrival check.

Until further notice, unvaccinated tourists are not allowed to arrive in Canada.

What if I can not get vaccinated because of a health condition?

Health Canada has said that if you have a condition that according to the vaccine label cannot be sure you are vaccinated, you may also be eligible for quarantine.

Instead, you may need to perform a different quarantine. More details on this topic soon.

What does an "essential trip" to Canada mean?

"Essential Travel" covers people traveling to Canada for work, emergency services, family reunification, or if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. International students who come to happy institutions also fall under this umbrella.

These people were generally exempt from travel restrictions during the plague, starting at different times for some of them. In the fall of 2020, Canada expanded the definition to include international students, extended family members, and those traveling for charitable reasons such as funerals.

What is acceptable proof of the vaccine status?

Any official proof of vaccination that your healthcare provider has given you will most likely be done in English or French. If the proof of vaccination is in another language, the candidate must upload a certified translation to ArriveCAN. However, you will need to keep with you the original proof of vaccination and a certified translation while traveling.

Before reaching the border, you will need to upload your documents using ArriveCAN. You will need to provide the documents listed on the Government Web page, which include:

Your first dose details such as the date, country, and manufacturer of the vaccines;

Details of your second dose if necessary; and

An image or PDF file of each packet record, such as receipts, cards, or certificates.

More specific details are available on the Canada Travel Website. For example, he will tell you that they usually want the PDF version if it is available because it is clearer. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting ArriveCAN vaccine proofs.

The government also asks you to bring with you the original proof of the vaccine while traveling.

If your vaccine proof does not meet all government requirements, you may consider it invalid and ask you to complete the usual quarantine and testing requirements of unvaccinated travelers.

I travel with my kids who can't get vaccinated. Do they have to quarantine?

For now, unvaccinated children will need to quarantine and complete the test requirements, even though their parents or guardian are fully vaccinated.

But as of August 9, children arriving with fully vaccinated adults are not required to be quarantined. Instead, they are asked home quarantined for 14 days.

What should I do before traveling to Canada?

For now, the requirements vary depending on your vaccination status and your mode of transportation. For example, by August 9, unvaccinated travelers will still have to comply with the hotel's quarantine requirement if they arrive by air. However, land border crossings do not.

There is an official checklist available on the government website for travelers. But in short:

All travelers aged five and over need a pre-arrival test held within 72 hours of their scheduled entry. In the case of travelers, within 72 hours before the departure of your last direct flight to Canada.

You must also use ArriveCAN to send your documents within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada. ArriveCan is available as a mobile app, or online as well. All information is available on the government website. In general, you need your contact information, the purpose of travel, date of arrival, port of entry, travel history, quarantine plan, and more. You will receive a receipt after sending all of your information to the border officer when you arrive. If one of your trip specifications changes after sending the information, you will need to start over.

These COVID measures are in addition to the standard measures for travelers entering Canada. Unless you are from a visa-exempt country, you will need a temporary resident visa in order to arrive in Canada. Those coming from visa-exempt countries will need an electronic travel permit. Even American travelers should not.

What if I check positive after recovering from COVID-19?

Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 continue to test positive even though they are no longer contagious. These passengers must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test performed 14 to 90 days before the scheduled departure. From August 9, they will receive positive tests for up to 180 days.

Can Someone Enter Canada with a criminal record?

It very much depends on how Canada values ​​your crime in violation of Canadian law. It can also depend on when the crime was committed and what you did to overcome admissibility.

In general, there are three options for coming to Canada with a criminal record:

A temporary resident permit allows you to stay in Canada despite your criminal history. This signals to the authorities that your entry is justified.

Criminal rehabilitation is basically when officials determine that you do not pose a threat to public safety. Some people are considered rehabilitated after 10 years and are allowed to come to Canada. If this is not an option, others may go for individual rehabilitation where they can prove they do not pose a risk to Canadians.

A legal opinion letter was written by a lawyer. Should constitute an analysis of the individual's condition and explain why they should be considered acceptable to Canada.

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