Fully vaccinated travellers who received vaccines approved in Canada are exempt from the 14 day quarantine and day-8 COVID-19 test.
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.
To be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, you must:
- Have received the full series of an accepted vaccine, or combination of accepted vaccines, 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, and upload this in the ArriveCAN app
- Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
- Meet all other entry requirements, such as a pre-arrival test
- Be eligible to enter Canada (check step 1)
Before travelling to Canada you must provide proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app, which has been updated on August 9. 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.
As of August 9, 2021, if you are fully vaccinated and travelling with your unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, they will no longer need to complete a 14 day quarantine, but must follow federal and provincial or territorial public health measures such as avoiding group settings. They must still take the pre-arrival COVID-19 test, on-arrival test and day-8 test.
If you are 12-17 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 need to follow all testing requirements and quarantine for 14 days if you are not fully vaccinated. For more information, please visit the government website on Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated.
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 quarantine for 14 days, and take the day 8 COVID-19 test.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada 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 more about COVID-19 vaccines for international students.