From the first week of September, traveling to Canada has been permitted again. In fact, Canada has allowed the entry of those who wish to enter the country with the intention of doing business, for tourist reasons, or visiting friends and family.
However, the ones that wish to enter Canada will need to meet certain conditions before being allowed into the country.
Here we will discuss the vaccines that are accepted to enter Canada, the conditions to travel, and everything else you should know before jumping on the flight.
Who can Enter Canada?
Travelers who are fully vaccinated and, of course, meet the eligibility conditions set by the Canadian government will be allowed access into the country.
Among the main requirements to be met, a certified document confirming that the traveler has been fully vaccinated will be required, as well as the vaccine received.
Also, travelers will need to show evidence that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 full days before entering the country. For instance, if you were vaccinated on October 1st, you will be allowed into Canada as of October 15th.
But what are the vaccines accepted to enter Canada? This takes us to the following point.
Which COVID vaccines are accepted for travel to Canada?
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
With an efficacy greater than 91.3% against infection after 7 days of administering the second dose, this is one of the vaccines that are accepted by Canada.
Pfizer was the first vaccine authorized to fight COVID-19 for people over 16 years of age or older. 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech must be administered in order to be fully vaccinated. For this reason, those who intend to travel to Canada under the above requirements must submit evidence confirming that they received the second dose.
- Moderna (mRNA-1273): Those who have been vaccinated with Moderna (mRNA-1273) and show evidence will be able to access Canada. Even for reasons of non-essential travel.
In this case, the vaccine is recommended for use in people 18 years of age or older, presenting levels of protection against COVID of up to 10 weeks from the first dose. However, in order for people vaccinated with Moderna to be allowed access to Canada, they must demonstrate to the authorities that they received the two doses of the vaccine. It is important to note that a high efficacy (94.1%) is achieved only two weeks after the second dose.
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222): This is another vaccine accepted by Canada that allows those interested in visiting the country to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler.
It has been shown that this vaccine has an efficacy of 79% in preventing the symptoms of the disease, being 100% for its most serious form. Once travelers complete their vaccination process, they are able to travel to Canada. Of course, this is provided they do so at least 14 days after receiving the second dose.
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S): It is also Janssen of Johnson & Johnson another vaccine accepted for travel to Canada.
In this case, it has been shown that it has an efficacy of 66% in a dose to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 and 85% for the disease in its serious state. Unlike the other vaccines, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) benefits from having only one dose as opposed to 2 for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.
Can I enter Canada With Other Vaccines?
Does the fully vaccinated traveler exemption apply to those who have received vaccines other than those accepted by the Canadian authorities? No, it isn’t possible to travel to Canada if you were vaccinated with a brand that isn’t one of the above.
However, this list may change and we recommend constantly checking for potential updates.
Can I travel to Canada If I Was Not Vaccinated but Recovered from COVID-19?
As mentioned previously, the short answer is no, you cannot travel to Canada if you weren’t vaccinated against COVID-19. While you build antibodies after having recovered from the disease, you aren’t able to benefit from the exemption for fully vaccinated travelers.
For this reason, after the recovery, you will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada.
What Other Aspects Should I Consider Before Traveling to Canada?
In addition to being fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Canadian government, there are other aspects to keep in mind to enter into the country.
First of all, visitors over 5 years old must present a negative COVID-19 test. Showing the evidence of an antigen test is not accepted. This test must be passed within 72 hours prior to the trip and must be endorsed by a laboratory recognized by the Canadian government.
It is important to note that visitors to Canada will need to provide their data filling the mobile application ArriveCan. This is an application through which travel information will be submitted both before and after entering Canada.
Among the data to be filled in in the application are the proof of vaccination, the date of the doses supplied, and the receipts or confirmation cards. These should be translated into English or French if necessary.
Other than that, in case you are not eligible for exemption, a quarantine of at least 14 days will be required. Of course, all data on the quarantine conditions must be provided via ArriveCan.
Moreover, the documents above will also be required before their flight to ensure that all documents are prepared properly. This will expedite assessment by government officials once travelers are in the country.
All things considered, the news about the return of non-essential travel to Canada is certainly very encouraging. By following the above-mentioned regulations, the return to normality is now possible ensuring that the spread of the pandemic remains under control.