From 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 change: September 7, 2021.
Can I travel to Canada?
On Monday 30 August, the British government moved Canada from its amber travel list to the green list of travel destinations. This means that travellers returning to the UK from Canada do not need to quarantine anymore. The Canadian government is also welcoming tourists and business travellers once again. Below you can read what things you need to keep in mind.
Fully vaccinated travellers
Are you fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with two Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines, or one Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine? And do you not have any COVID-19 symptoms? Then you can travel to Canada from 14 days after your last vaccination, for tourist, business or other non-essential reasons, such as a holiday or visiting friends or family. It is not necessary to go into quarantine after arriving in Canada. You also do not need a visa, but you do need an eTA Canada. This is a digital travel authorisation for tourists and business travellers, which only takes a few minutes to apply for online
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Additional requirements for vaccinated travellers
Travellers going to Canada with an eTA must in all cases meet the requirements of the eTA Canada. In addition, all travellers aged five years or older must provide a negative result from a PCR coronavirus test. This also applies to fully vaccinated travellers. An antigen test is not accepted. The NHS PCR test is also not accepted for international travel. The test result must not be older than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight to Canada. Are you arriving by car or boat? Then the test result may not be older than 72 hours old at the time of arrival in Canada.
Alternatively, a previous positive test result is accepted that was issued 14 to 180 days before departure, but only if you currently do not show any coronavirus symptoms. A previous positive test result from the NHS (so not a 72 hour pre-departure PCR test) can in certain cases be used to travel to Canada. Contact the Public Health Agency in Canada (PHAC) to check if this is possible in your situation.
The test result must include your full name and date of birth, the name and address of the testing facility, the type of test and the result. You must upload the vaccination certificate in the ArriveCAN app at least 72 hours before departure, and the test result a maximum of 72 hours before departure. You must also be able to show the original documents upon arrival and during your stay in Canada, either digitally or on paper. Those with symptoms associated with Covid-19 may not board flights bound for Canada, unless a doctorʼs note can be provided stating that the symptoms are not coronavirus related. Travellers over the age of two must wear a face mask during their trip.
Despite the coronavirus, in many cases it is once again possible to travel to Canada.
Children who are not fully vaccinated
Minors who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may travel to Canada with a parent, step-parent, guardian or attendant who has been fully vaccinated. Children under 12 do not need to be quarantined. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 must spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival, unless they have been fully vaccinated. Children between 5 and 18 years old who have not been fully vaccinated must be tested for the coronavirus before departure, on arrival and eight days after arrival. If tested positive or when showing symptoms of coronavirus before departure, the trip cannot take place. Instead of a negative test result, a positive test result may also be used that was issued 14 to 180 days before arrival in Canada, but only if there are currently no coronavirus symptoms.
Take note: you must also submit eTA Canada applications for any minors travelling with you. During the first 14 days after arrival in Canada, children who have not been fully vaccinated may not visit crowded or vulnerable places, such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, camps, amusement parks and underground, bus and train stations.
Adults who are not fully vaccinated
Are you not fully vaccinated? Or did you receive only one Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine because you have already built up resistance through infection with the coronavirus? Or were you fully vaccinated less than 14 days ago? Then you may not go on a holiday or business trip to Canada. However, there are some exceptions, for example to be able to attend a farewell service or to provide urgent essential services. Read more about this on the page with exceptions for unvaccinated travellers.
Do you not yet meet the vaccination requirements? You can still apply for an eTA Canada. The validity period of five years starts immediately after granting, allowing you to use the eTA as soon as you meet the requirements.
If you are only transferring in Canada
A transfer or stopover in Canada for transit to another country is also permitted if you have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Make sure you also comply with all coronavirus rules in the country of your final destination. An eTA Canada is also required for a transfer or stopover. 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 the final destination before leaving for Canada. While transferring in Canada, overnight stays are only allowed in the hotel inside the international terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ).
Do you want to travel to the United States from Canada? Bear in mind that the US government still has a travel ban in place. You must remain in Canada for at least 14 days before continuing your journey to the United States. Read more about this on the page about the coronavirus in the USA.
Additional measures taken by your airline
In addition to the travel ban, airlines also take measures that are sometimes more far-reaching or have different deadlines than the travel ban of the Canadian government. Check this with your airline, even if you already have proof of vaccination and an eTA Canada.
Returning to the UK
When returning to the UK from Canada, you must take a COVID-19 test in the 3 days before you travel, book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test (to be taken after arrival) and complete a passenger locator form. No quarantine is required unless your test result is positive. However, you may be required to quarantine if the NHS notifies you that you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
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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 coronavirus pandemic.