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Canada's Relaxed COVID-19 Travel Rules

  • 6th October 2022
  • 3 min read

As of October 1st, the Canadian government has updated its travel restrictions and no longer requires travellers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to testing before entering the country. While this is good news for those looking to travel, it’s important to remember that the risk of infection is still present and that everyone should take precautions to protect themselves and others.

What are the new travel restrictions?

If you haven’t already heard, the Canadian Government has relaxed some of the restrictions on travel, though it continues to remain vigilant in protecting its citizens from potential COVID-19 infection. Travellers will no longer need proof that they’ve been vaccinated against the virus, or submit themselves for testing before entering Canada.

Travellers (regardless of citizenship) that are entering Canada by land, air, or marine travel will no longer have to:

  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Undertake pre or on-arrival testing;
  • Isolate or quarantine related to COVID-19;
  • Wear masks on planes or trains;
  • Utilize the ArriveCAN application (though this can optionally be used to submit your customs declaration if applicable).

Of course, if you do have symptoms of COVID-19, travel is not recommended. For further information on Canada’s travel rules related to COVID-19, please visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

What about the requirements for entry to my destination?

While these requirements have been removed for entry into Canada (as well as travel within Canada), you should always check the travel requirements of the country you are travelling to. For example, as of October 6th, the United States still requires proof of vaccination for entry.

What precautions should I take when travelling?

It’s important to remember that the risk of infection is still present and that everyone should take precautions to protect themselves and others. Here are a few things you can do to stay safe:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough;
  • Stay home if you’re feeling ill;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

In summary

The Canadian government has announced that as of October 1st, 2022, all travellers entering the country will no longer need to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit to testing before arrival. This is a significant change from the previous entry requirements, which were put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

With the new rules in place, travellers will only need to present a valid passport and meet any other requirements for entry. The government is urging all Canadians to continue to take precautions while travelling, such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing, in order to protect themselves and others from potential infection.

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Warren Brown
Author: Warren Brown, Relationship Manager

Warren holds over 19 years of experience in the travel insurance industry. He enjoys telling the stories of people and places which is fed by his love of travel. Warren is an active member of the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIA) to better educate the Canadian traveller on the benefits of travelling protected.


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