Starting October 1, 2022, the Government of Canada is removing all COVID-19 regulations with regards to travel and entry restrictions, including testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for everyone entering Canada.
How this affects people visiting Canada by October 1, 2022:
- No longer have to submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
- No longer have to provide proof of vaccination
- No longer have to undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
- No longer have to carry out COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation
- No longer have to monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival to Canada
- No longer have to undergo health checks for travel on air, land or rail
- No longer have to wear masks on planes and trains
The ArriveCAN app will become optional for all travellers entering Canada. Travellers will not be required anymore to upload their proof of vaccination and quarantine plans in the app and show to CBSA officers.
Despite said regulations being lifted, individuals are still advised to make informed decisions about travelling and to not travel if exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19. Masks, though no longer required and strictly implemented in public areas, are still strongly recommended to protect one’s self and those around them. If individuals become sick while travelling to Canada, they should inform a flight attendant, or a border service officer to determine whether further medical assessments are needed.
The reason for lifting said travel restrictions by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is due to Canada’s high percentage rates of the population being fully vaccinated, lower hospitalization and death rates related to COVID in the past several months, and the availability of vaccine boosters to everyone, including kids 5 years and older.
Required documents from international visitors (Philippines) effective October 1, 2022:
- Valid passport
- Valid Canadian Visa
- Work or study permit (if eligible)
Required documents for permanent residents of Canada effective October 1, 2022:
- Valid Passport
- Valid permanent resident card
- Permanent resident travel document
Documents if travelling with children and minors:
- Copies of any legal custody documents, such as custody rights (if applicable)
- Arrive at the border in the same vehicle as the minor
- Consent letter (if you share custody and the other parent/guardian is not travelling with you or, if you’re not the parent or legal guardian of the minor)
- To find out if you can travel to Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start
- To find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
- For more details on safe travelling: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
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