Since September 7, 2021, it is once again possible to travel to Canada for a holiday, business trip or to visit friends or family. However, you must provide proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus (COVID-19) before departure and submit an eTA Canada application. Read below how to prepare for a trouble-free trip to Canada. Last update: 22-06-2022.
Can I travel to Canada?
The British government considers Canada safe to travel to. Ther are, however, still a few travel restrictions in place regarding COVID-19. For example, only fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to travel to Canada at the moment. Read below everything else you need to take into account.
Do you not comply with the vaccination requirements? Then you can still already apply for an eTA Canada. The validity period of 5 years will start right after it is granted, so you will be able to use the eTA as soon as you do comply with the requirements.
Fully vaccinated passengers
In Canada, you count as fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with two Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Covaxin, Medicago, Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinovac, or AstraZeneca vaccines, or one Janssen / Johnson &; Johnson vaccine. A combination of two vaccines is also allowed. The last vaccination needs to have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Fully vaccinated people without Covid-19 symptoms can travel to Canada without any problems. After arrival in Canada, there is no need to go into quarantine. For a tourist or business trip, you do not need a visa, but an eTA Canada will suffice. It is a digital travel permit for tourists and business travellers that you can apply for online within a few minutes.
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Take note: that exceptions to the vaccination requirements that were granted before 15 January 2022 are no longer valid.
Are you not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and did you receive an exception to the entry ban? That exception is only valid if granted on or after 15 January 2022. From that date, the Canadian government has started assessing applications considerably more strictly.
Additional requirements for vaccinated travellers
When travelling to Canada with an eTA, the requirements of the eTA Canada must be met in all cases. As of 1 April, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to take any COVID-19 tests on arrival in Canada. You are, however, required to provide the proof of vaccination, passport data and travel plans through ArriveCAN.
The proof of vaccination and passport data need to be submitted in the ArriveCAN app at least 72 hours before arriving in Canada. In this same app, you need to provide your travel plans. If you are travelling by (cruise) ship, you need to submit your data within 72 hours of your departure. After this, you will receive a confirmation of all provided data, and you can travel to Canada. Do not forget to bring your digital or printed proof of vaccination with you. The Canadian immigration service can ask about them when you arrive.
Furthermore, you need to take into account the possibility of being randomly selected for a COVID-19 test on arrival. Every traveller can be chosen for a test on arrival through random selection. Your vaccination status does not influence this. The only exceptions are for travellers arriving by (cruise) ship, children under 5 years old, and travellers who have recovered from coronavirus within the last 180 days. You do not need to wait for the results, but can start your holiday right away.
Despite the coronavirus / COVID-19, you can travel to Canada again.
Rules for minors
Non-vaccinated children can, in most cases, travel to Canada if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults. Do not forget to apply for an eTA Canada for your children. There are different rules in place for different age groups.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from all coronavirus-related entry measures. They do not need to be vaccinated or tested and may move freely upon arrival in Canada. Children aged 5 to 11 do not need to be vaccinated to travel to Canada either. They may, however, be asked to be tested for the coronavirus upon arrival. In addition, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children in this age group must wear a face mask in public places within 14 days of arrival.
Unvaccinated children from the age of 12 to 17 can only travel to Canada under strict conditions. They need to be tested for Covid-19 before departure, and twice after their arrival. After arriving in Canada, they need to go into quarantine and share their state of health every day in the ArriveCAN app.
Children under the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may travel to Canada with a parent, step-parent, guardian or carer who has been fully vaccinated. They do not need to be quarantined. However, they do need a test certificate. Children older than 12 years of age must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus / COVID-19, just like adults.
When only transferring in Canada
Only fully vaccinated people are allowed to make a transfer or stopover in Canada, and they require an eTA Canada. People who only fly to Canada for a transfer do not need to use the ArriveCAN app and are not eligble for a test on arrival. While transferring in Canada, the traveller must remain in the international travel terminal at the airport. The maximum duration of the transfer is 24 hours. The baggage must be checked in to its final destination before leaving for Canada.
Do you want to travel to the United States from Canada? This was not possible for a long time due to the US travel ban as a result of the coronavirus. You may now cross the border between Canada and the United States again. Read more about what rules you should still take into account on the page about the coronavirus in the USA.
Returning to the UK
If you travel back to the UK, you don’t need to take any COVID-19 tests. You also don’t need to complete a passenger locator form or quarantine after returning to the UK either. These rules apply to all UK citizens, regardless of their vaccination status. These rules also apply to passengers transiting in the UK.
Disclaimer: The effects of the coronavirus are sometimes difficult to predict, so rules may change regularly. It is therefore not possible to guarantee that the information in this article is complete and up to date at all times. However, this page will be regularly updated about travelling with an eTA Canada, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.