Canadian government extends Covid-19 border restrictions for another month

The Government of Canada announced yesterday via Twitter that it extend the current border measures for travelers entering Canada until at least June 30, 2022, with possible further extensions. The government has announced that all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, must continue to submit their information through the Arrive Canada app, which you can access through the free app or website. The announcement comes less than a day after Canada The Conservative Party’s motion to end all remaining Covid-19 restrictions on travel has been defeated in the Communal room.

Overseas travelers will continue to be required to present proof that they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated Canadian citizens or permanent residents must also continue to present proof of a Covid-19 molecular test performed before entering Canada and must also quarantine for 14 days.

Travelers should continue to use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after entering Canada. The app is available for iOS, Android and Web. The mobile application is free and available in English, French and Spanish.

Travelers using ArriveCAN must identify:

how they enter Canada (for example, by air, land or sea) and

where they enter Canada (port of entry)

According to the website, all travelers, with a few exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or sea, must use ArriveCAN unless you are exempt from this requirement due to a need for accessibility.

If you do not submit your information through ArriveCAN, you may be denied:

  • boarding if you arrive by plane or cruise ship
  • entry into Canada if you cross at a land, rail or sea border crossing (if you are a foreign national traveling for discretionary purposes)

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, persons registered under the Indian Act and foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada under another entry exemption (such as overseas work, study, compassionate grounds) will not be denied boarding or entry, but you :

  • will not be eligible for exemption for fully vaccinated travelersand may be required to self-quarantine and take an arrival and day 8 test
  • may face additional delays at the border for public health questioning
  • may be subject to fines or enforcement action

You will need to submit your information within 72 hours:

  • before you arrive in Canada
  • and/or before boarding a cruise ship bound for Canada

To qualify as a fully immunized traveler to Canada, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine accepted for travel, a mixture of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before you enter Canada
  • Example: If your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Thursday July 15 would be the first day you meet the 14 day requirement
  • this time is only required for your second dose, not for the third or fourth dose
  • have no signs or symptoms of Covid-19
  • have the ArriveCAN receipt with the letter A, I or V next to your name by uploading proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN