Canada COVID travel restrictions

PT 9 M minute read
9061
Share:
Canada COVID Travel Restrictions

Canada COVID travel restrictions impacting business aviation

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). For all other mission scenarios, contact Universal Trip Support. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

OPS UPDATE: Canada Vaccine Mandate and its impact on crew: Transport Canada recently released a new FAQ addressing its Vaccination Mandate Policy that clears up much of the conflicting information we’ve been hearing across the industry – particularly around the crew requirement portion. Our blog article has all the latest details.

Our Global Regulatory Services team will be staying on top of the latest.

Nov. 10, 2021

General Restrictions – All US Pax / Aircraft:

  • US Pax / Aircraft allowed? Yes

General Restrictions – Vaccinated / Recovered Passengers:

  • Are there restrictions for fully vaccinated / recovered passengers?
  • Health Insurance Required? Awaiting information

General Restrictions – Unvaccinated Passengers:

  • Unvaccinated allowed entry? No, unless they meet an exemption listed below.
  • Are there restrictions for unvaccinated passengers? Yes
  • Health Insurance Required? Awaiting information
  • COVID-19 Testing Upon / After Arrival? Yes, random health checks and COVID-19 test are possible on arrival by authorities. Testing for COVID-19 required on days 8 and 14 for all travelers during quarantine period. Those age 12and under will only be required to test on day 8 of quarantine.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes, 14 days self quarantine. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter without the need to quarantine if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
  • Locations Allowed to Quarantine? Traveler booked hotel or residence per submitted quarantine plan.
    • US Authorities have opened the border crossing with Canada and Mexico to all nonessential travel as of 08 Nov21. Individuals traveling to the USA from Canada will need to be fully vaccinated and be prepared to verbally attest to vaccination status or show proof of vaccination, along with reason for travel. However, they will not need to produce a PCR test with a negative result taken within 72 hours prior to crossing to USA, unlike the requirement for air travel. According to The U.S. Department of Home Land Security.
    • As of 30 Nov 21, Canada will add eight additional funneling airports for international arrivals, including Hamilton/CYHM, Waterloo/CYKF, St. Johns/CYYT, Regina/CYQR, Saskatoon/CYXE, Kelowna/CYLW, Abbotsford/CYXX and Victoria/CYYJ.
    • Approved International Airports Of Entry Website – https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/openpoe-temp-pdeouvert/air-aerien-eng.html
    • The Canadian Government announced that all travelers 12 and 4 months of age or older will be required to be fully vaccinated for domestic and international flights with an approved COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by designated providers, and 14 days have passed since the final dose prior to entry to Canada. Proof will be required to prove full vaccination status. All departing travelers will also have to be fully vaccinated when departing airports in Canada as of 30 Oct 21, and provide proof for departure.
    • In recognition that travelers will need time to get vaccinated, travelers will be able to board with a valid COVID-19 molecular test (taken within 72 hours of travel) or a recovery certificate not older than 180 days, until November 29. On November 30, all travelers must be fully vaccinated with very few exceptions.
    • Unvaccinated nonresident foreign nationals are ban from entering Canada, except those traveling for essential reasons, temporary workers, international students or diplomats.
    • Those allowed to enter must self quarantine for 14 days and are required to take a test on day 8 and 14 of their quarantine period. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are required to take a COVID-19 test on day eight after arrival to Canada. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter without the need to quarantine if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
    • Travelers are to have a plan for a 14-day quarantine in case of governmental determination it will be required determined on arrival in Canada. This should be uploaded to ArriveCan web site with in 72 hours of their planed travel.
    • All travelers age 5 and older must provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Antigen test are not allowed.
    • Travelers will also be selected randomly to take COVID-19 test on arrival. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are required to take a COVID-19 test on day eight after arrival to Canada. Unvaccinated Citizens and permanent residents can enter but must also quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
    • Authorities in Canada have reopened the country’s borders for fully vaccinated individuals from any international destination for discretionary purposes, and without the need to quarantine upon arrival, as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelers need to have proof of having received the final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada
    • Every province in Canada has their own COVID-19 restrictions in place for customers wanting to fly into Canada.

    General Information US Citizens and Residents

    • Fully vaccinated US citizens and residents traveling from the US and fully vaccinated French citizens who reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, have been allowed entry into Canada without the requirement to quarantine upon arrival since 09 Aug 21. Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for U.S. travelers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act.
    • Travelers must have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
    • In addition, fully vaccinated travelers must also:
    • provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada (subject to limited exceptions);
    • meet the pre-entry testing requirements;
    • be asymptomatic upon arrival; and
    • have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request.
    • All travelers must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, should they not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. They will also be required to follow public health measures in place, such as monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a mask when in public and keeping a copy of their vaccination documentation and test results – as well as a list of close contacts and locations visited – for 14 days after entry to Canada. For air travel, passengers continue to have to wear a mask in Canadian airports and on board flights to, from and within Canada, with few exceptions, and regardless of their vaccination status.
    • Travelers who do not meet all the required eligibility requirements for discretionary (non-essential) travel will be denied entry into Canada, precluded from boarding their flight, and/or could face additional fines on arrival. It is therefore important that all travelers find out about whether they are eligible to enter Canada well in advance of their travel, and understand applicable requirements.

    General Information – Restricted Countries

    General Restrictions – Morocco

    Transport Canada lifted the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts direct flights to Canada from Morocco. To allow for the safe resumption of these flights, the following additional public health measures will be introduced. Beginning at 00:01 EDT on October 29, fully vaccinated travelers and those unvaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter Canada will be able to board direct flights from Morocco to Canada with the following additional measures:

    • Travelers must have one of the following:
    • Proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular pre-departure test result documented in the Moroccan COVID-19 PCR Test Certificate issued by the Government of Morocco and recognized by the European Commission, taken within 72 hours of scheduled departure; or,
    • Proof of a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada in lieu of a negative test. Travelers who have been in Morocco more than 14 days and have been infected while in Morocco, must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test documented in the Moroccan COVID-19 PCR Test Certificate issued by the Government of Morocco. Travelers who were infected prior to arrival in Morocco must provide proof of previous infection from another country prior to their arrival.
    • Prior to boarding, air operators will authenticate passengers’ Moroccan COVID-19 PCR Test Certificates by scanning the digital QR codes to verify/confirm the identity of the passenger and their test result. They will also ensure that travelers are eligible to come to Canada, have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website, and have a mask to wear during travel. Travelers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.
    • Travelers who are eligible to enter Canada and who depart Morocco for Canada via an indirect route still need to obtain, within 72 hours of their flight to Canada, a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test from a third country – other than Morocco – before continuing their journey to Canada.

    General Restrictions – India

    • Effective 27 Sep 21, Canadian authorities have lifted a ban on direct flights from India as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrivals from India must also take a molecular test in the Airport Connect Building at Indira Gandhi International\VIDP in New Delhi within 18 hours before their scheduled departure.

    Vaccine Requirements

    • To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveler must have received the full series of a vaccine and not have any COVID-19 symptoms — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travelers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation in ArriveCAN supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

    COVID-19 Test Requirements:

    • All airline passengers aged five years or older traveling to Canada, including fully vaccinated individuals, must provide the airline with a negative result from an accepted molecular COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departing for Canada. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who do not produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test are allowed to enter but are subject to significant monetary penalties. Antigen tests are not allowed. Travelers who have fully recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days before entering Canada may show proof of such recovery instead of a pre-travel test.
    • Travelers may be selected randomly by authorities to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 must take a COVID-19 test on day eight after arrival.
    • All unvaccinated individuals must take a test on day eight of their 14-day quarantine period.
    • Travelers from South America and the Caribbean are allowed to present results from tests taken within 96 hours of departure for Canada.
    • Supporting information can be found at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/ministerial-orders-interim-orders-directives-directions-response-letters/interim-order-respecting-certain-requirements-civil-aviation-due-covid-19-no-18 .
    • Canadian citizens and permanent residents travelling to the U.S. for less than 72 hours may do their pre-entry test in Canada.

    Quarantine Requirements:

    • Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter without the need to quarantine if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
    • Antigen tests are not allowed. Fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days before entering Canada may show proof of such recovery instead of a pre-travel test.
    • Travelers must upload their proof of vaccination, their 14-day quarantine plan, and other travel information to the ArriveCan website within 72 hours prior to their travel.
    • Unvaccinated nonresident foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada, except for those traveling for essential reasons, temporary workers, international students, or diplomats. Those allowed entry must self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Form Requirements

    • Travelers to Canada are required to submit contact information and quarantine information for arrival and after entry to Canada using the ArriveCAN application prior to boarding the flight to Canada and is a requirement from Canadian customs.
    • Fines of $1000 CD may be placed upon the traveler for not complying.
    • The app is available via Canada.ca or the app store or google play: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.
    • Nova Scotia Safe Check In Form is required: https://travel-declaration.novascotia.ca/en/

    Crew Restrictions: 

    • Crew Rest Available?  Awaiting information
    • Crew Rest Options: Awaiting information
    • Crew quarantine: No
    • Crew testing: No. However, crew staying longer than 72 hours need to be tested and must follow the same guidelines as passengers.
    • Effective 15 Nov 21, all crew needs to be fully vaccinated.

    Technical Stop Gander/CYQX – Canadian Customs will not allow passengers traveling East and West bound to deplane during refueling stops. Crew member will be allowed to deplane to perform Safety Walk Around Check. That crew would have to have the ArriveCan App completed report number to give CBSA when they arrive. If you require further information please contact Canadian Customs 24/7 here in CYQX @ 709-256-6583.

    Technical Stop Vancouver /CYYR – Canadian Customs will not allow passengers to deplane during refueling stops. Crew may deplane. However, they must have filed an ARRive Can prior and be cleared by Canadian Customs prior to opening the door or conducting Safety Walk Around Check on arrival. Crew would have to have the Arrive Can App completed report number to give CBSA when they arrive. If you require further information please contact Canadian Customs in CYYR.

    Domestic Measures:

    Individual provinces have implemented their own COVID-19 response measures at the regional level.

    Domestic Travel within Canada:

    Effective 30 Oct 21, authorities in Canada will require all workers and passengers in federally regulated air, train, and maritime transport services to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Authorities in provinces and territories in Canada maintain multiple restrictions in place within their jurisdictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    • All the Atlantic provinces are restricted for domestic travel. They require approval from “Public Health” who will meet the aircraft on arrival. Also, for these provinces, no leisure trips are permitted-only essential services. This includes the additional provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. A 14 day quarantine is required for some domestic travel between certain provinces.

    Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Got a question for Universal about this article?

Share: