New Canadian Border Measures


Tourists can now enter Canada for antigen testing, with another COVID-19 measure on 28 February.

On February 28 at 12:01 a.m., Canada allowed tourists to enter the country with antigen testing before arrival.

In advance, travellers must have molecular tests, such as PCR tests, conducted within 72 hours before a scheduled flight or until the border.

All tourists to Canada age five and older still need a COVID-19 test before crossing the border. The new measure allows incoming tourists to provide the results of antigen tests taken within a day before a scheduled flight or until the land border. Tests cannot be performed on earth, they must be performed by a laboratory, health care institution, or telehealth service, and authorized by the country where it was purchased. PCR tests are still acceptable. No rules were changed for PCR tests before arrival.

In addition to eliminating the PCR test requirement, unvaccinated children no longer need to be isolated for 14 days, and international flights will resume at all airports.

If you have recovered from COVID-19

Tourists who repeatedly test positive for COVID-19 after recovery are allowed to board the plane, with some conditions. You must provide a positive COVID-19 molecular test on specimens collected at least 10 days and no more than 180 days prior to entry into Canada as part of the pre-arrival test requirements.


All travelers still need to submit the required information via ArriveCAN. Travellers can use a desktop version or mobile app to submit proof of vaccination in English or French, and a quarantine plan before landing in Canada.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

Tourists who are partially vaccinated and who are not vaccinated must quarantine at a suitable place for 14 days and take the mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival and on the 8th day.

Fully-vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated tourists do not need to be quarantined when arriving in Canada if they meet these criteria:

  1. Meet pre-entry test requirements;
  2. Have no symptoms;
  3. Send all required COVID-19 information to ArriveCAN and present ArriveCAN receipt, test results before departure, and paper or digital.
  4. Documentary evidence of vaccination before they board their plane for Canada;
  5. Have an eligible quarantine plan if they are not eligible for the exemption.

Tests that are  mandatory upon Arrival

The border service officer can select you at random for the mandatory attendance test.

If you are fully vaccinated and randomly selected for the mandatory attendance test, you must take the attendance test as directed on the day you enter Canada. You can receive the test at the airport, or officials can give you a self swab kit at the airport or land border to complete within 24 hours after entering the country.

If you are randomly selected for the test to come, you do not have to wait for the results. You can travel to your final destination and take connecting flights, and you don’t have to quarantine while waiting for your results.

The Canadian government says that you can speed up the process by registering in advance with the test provider for the airport you are going to arrive at using the same email address that you use for ArriveCAN.

Modified quarantine for children age 12

Children under the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated, traveling and adults who are fully vaccinated or medically exempt will be exempt from quarantine. They don’t have to wait 14 days before school, camp, or daycare.

These children can be selected for a mandatory randomized test upon arrival, but they do not need to be quarantined while waiting for the test results.

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