What are the testing rules about travel to and from Canada?

To find the most recent testing requirements for entering and leaving Canada, check Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website: COVID-19 testing and travel restrictions in Canada.

Vaccinated travellers

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:

  • have a Canadian approved vaccine at least 14 days before coming to Canada
  • provide paper or digital proof of vaccination. It must be in English, French or include a certified translation

You can receive your vaccine in any country.

Travellers must use ArriveCAN to provide their contact information before crossing the border or boarding a flight to Canada.  A border officer may ask you to do a test when you arrive.  If you are selected, you must do a test.

Pre-entry molecular tests

Most travellers must show proof of a negative molecular test before they can enter Canada.  Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.

Find out if you meet an exemption to this rule.

Restrictions on unvaccinated travellers to Canada

If you are a traveller who is not fully vaccinated, find out if you meet an exemption that allows you to enter Canada.

Refugee claimants

On November 20, 2021, Canada changed the rules so that refugee claimants are again allowed to enter Canada between border crossings. But refugee claimants who want to come to Canada from the United States at a Port of Entry still have to meet an exception to the Safe Third Canada Agreement to enter.

For help finding a legal representative, read this question.

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