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Canada—U.S. Border Opening Information

Canada—U.S. Border Opening Information

3 things you'll need to do before visiting Canada

Canada waves COVID-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated American travellers as of April 1, 2022. Here's what else you'll need to know.



As the pandemic has waned, visitors to Canada need to be fully vaccinated but no longer need a COVID-19 test to enter the country.

More details are available at the Government of Canada site for updates and official requirements.

Here are 3 things you need to do before travelling to Canada.

1.  Get Fully Vaccinated & Bring Proof

To be eligible to enter Canada, American citizens and permanent residents must be fully vaccinated and have received the full series of a vaccine—or combination of vaccines— recognized by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. 

Currently, the recognized vaccines are those manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country. 

Have a paper or digital copy of your vaccination documentation along with the original to show a government official on request. Upload the digital documentation to the ArriveCAN app (see below). 

Those who have had COVID-19 previously but who are not fully vaccinated are not eligible for entry. A doctor's note is not an accepted piece of documentation. 

Please Note

A person who submits false information on vaccination status could be liable to a fine of up to $750,000 or six months imprisonment or both, under the Quarantine Act, or prosecution under the Criminal Code for forgery. 

2.  Submit Your Information via ArriveCAN 

ArriveCAN is free and secure and is the official Government of Canada platform to provide mandatory travel information when entering Canada. It is available to download as a mobile app or you can create an account and sign in online.

*Each individual* in your party needs to submit their own information.

This must be done within 72 hours before arrival in Canada.

Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN a receipt will be displayed and emailed to you. You will be asked to show the receipt to a Canadian border services officer when you enter the country.

3.  Make Sure You Have No COVID-19 Symptoms upon Arrival 

Before you leave to travel to Canada and when you arrive at the border, make sure you have no COVID-19 symptoms. Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

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