News report | | 14-07-2020 | ±4 minutes reading time

If you have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, you can travel to Canada with an eTA again. Are you not fully vaccinated? Then read on this page whether you can still travel to Canada and which coronavirus rules you must take into account. Last update: 20-09-2021.

Are you fully vaccinated?

Then you can go on a holiday or business trip to Canada. Children under the age of 12 may also travel with you without a vaccination. However, you must share a vaccination certificate and test certificate with the Canadian immigration service before departure. To find out how to do this and what other things you need to take into account, see the page on Canadaʼs coronavirus rules. You must also apply for an eTA Canada before departure.
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Are you not fully vaccinated?

Then you can only travel to Canada in certain situations. Read below to find out if you are allowed to travel and what coronavirus-related rules you need to take into account. If you are allowed to travel, you must also apply for an eTA Canada or a visa for Canada and pass on your travel plans before you leave via the ArriveCAN app.

Accompanying Children

Children under the age of 12 may also travel unvaccinated with their parents, guardians or caretakers if they have been fully vaccinated. In that case, no quarantine is required. However, an eTA application must also be submitted for children. Read more about this on the page about the coronavirus rules in Canada for vaccinated travellers.

Transferring in Canada

You may transfer to another international flight in Canada if you have not been vaccinated. However, you must have a valid eTA Canada. You may also stay in Canada for no longer than 24 hours. In addition, you may not leave the international terminal during your stay. You are not allowed to access your checked baggage in between flights; this must be transferred automatically. Overnight stays during a transfer in Canada are only allowed in the hotel inside the international terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ).

Essential Services

Are you travelling in the national interest of Canada, or to provide an essential service in Canada? You may be exempt from the vaccination and quarantine requirements. For example, if the work cannot wait 14 days and is related to the maintenance or support of utilities or energy facilities, information or communication technology, finance, health care, food services, transportation, security services, government services or industry. If you think you can make use of this exception, you must substantiate this in a letter. You must submit this letter via the ArriveCAN app before departure. You must also have an eTA or visa.

Saying goodbye to a loved one

It is possible to apply for a (partial) exemption from the travel ban and quarantine requirement if you are travelling to Canada to say goodbye to a loved one. For example, to attend a farewell ceremony. You must apply for this exemption in advance via the ArriveCAN app. In this case, you will also need an eTA or visa.

Top athletes

Do you want to participate in an international sporting event in Canada that is recognised by the Ministry of Canadian Heritage? If so, you may travel unvaccinated, without quarantine and without being tested on arrival. However, you must be tested negative less than 72 hours before departure. In addition, a visa or eTA is required.

Contra-indication against the coronavirus vaccine

Are you over 12 years of age and unable to get vaccinated against the coronavirus because you have a medical contraindication? Then you can still go on a holiday or business trip to Canada. You do not have to undergo quarantine, but you do have to apply for an eTA or visa. Upon arrival, you will receive a flyer with information and rules you must follow if you entered the country without vaccination due to this exemption.

Quarantine rules for unvaccinated travellers

Does the above show that you will need to undergo quarantine upon arrival? If so, you must provide a plan upon arrival at the Canadian airport showing that you have arranged a location where you will stay during the quarantine. The quarantine plan must also show how you will be provided with your essential needs, including food and medication, without leaving your quarantine location in the interim. Locations where groups of people gather are not suitable quarantine locations. For example, hotels, large households and small shared flats are not suitable. Additionally, during your quarantine period you should not come into contact with people who have underlying medical conditions, who are over 65 years of age, who have a weakened immune system and/or people who regularly interact with risk groups, such as medical staff, cleaners and hospitality staff.

During a quarantine period, you may only go outside if it is on private property, such as a garden or balcony at your quarantine site. You are also not allowed to receive visitors. Upon arrival in Canada, ask for the latest rules that apply during your quarantine period. Those who do not comply with the quarantine rules risk 3 years in prison.