As of June 5, 2021, travellers who are fully vaccinated who have received vaccines approved in Canada are exempt from the 3-night stay in a government-approved hotel, 14 day quarantine and day-8 COVID-19 test. You must still be exempt from the current travel restrictions by meeting the requirements in step 1 as a current international student as well as your dependents who are exempt from the current travel restrictions.
You will need to have a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case the border officer determines you do not meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller, however you do not need to book the 3-night stay in a government approved hotel. If you have booked a 3-night stay in a government approved hotel, you can contact the hotel to request a cancellation.
To be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, you must:
- Have received the full series of a vaccine, or combination of vaccines, accepted by the government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. This currently includes:
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine
- Have proof of vaccination in English or French, or have a certified translation
Before travelling to Canada you must provide proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app, which has been updated on June 5. You will also need to keep a paper or electronic copy of your vaccination and original certified translations. Your vaccination(s) can be completed in any country.
If you are fully vaccinated and your children under 18 years old, or 18 years and older who need support due to a mental or physical condition, are travelling with you, they are exempt from the 3-night government approved hotel, but must quarantine for 14 days.
If you are under 18 years old, or 18 years and older who needs support due to a mental or physical condition, and are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent, you will also be exempt from the 3-night hotel stay but will need to quarantine for 14 days.
You will need to keep a list of close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada and follow public health requirements and self-isolate or quarantine if you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has tested positive.
If the CBSA officer determines that you are not eligible to be considered a fully-vaccinated traveller, you will need to stay in a government-approved hotel for the first 3 nights, quarantine for 14 days, and take the day 8 COVID-19 test.
See COVID-19 vaccinated travellers for more information and fully-vaccinated travellers entering Canada during COVID-19 for arrival steps.
If you need to be vaccinated in Canada
There is no requirement to be vaccinated to travel to Canada.
The list of vaccines approved by the government of Canada may be expanded in the future. Please see approved COVID-19 vaccines for updates. At this time there are no exemptions for partially vaccinated travellers.
When you arrive in British Columbia you will be able to be vaccinated for free. Learn about COVID-19 vaccines for international students.