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Vaccine Requirements for Non-Canadian visitors, workers and students

Vaccine Requirements for Non-Canadian visitors, workers and students

To enter Canada as a non-Canadian visitor, worker or student; you must qualify as fully vaccinated, regardless of citizenship.

According to the Government of Canada, this means you must have no symptoms or signs of Covid-19, 2 doses of a Government of Canada accepted Covid-19 vaccine, a mix of two accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Your second dose must be taken at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada and proof must be uploaded in ArriveCan. 

Approved Vaccines:Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

Non-approved Vaccines:Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)Gamaleya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)Other

This list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

As a vaccinated traveler to Canada, you are still required to use ArriveCan, show a pre-entry molecular test, take an arrival test if selected, exempt from quarantining upon arrival and Day-8 testing. 

I am vaccinated but not with the list of approved vaccines! What should I do?

Offering one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine for those who have had a complete or incomplete course/series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine fulfils these criteria.● If the person has had an incomplete series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine, the addition of one mRNA vaccine will be considered a complete series.● If the person has had a complete course/series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine, the mRNA vaccine is expected to optimize protection.● If the individual has already received three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine, no further doses would be recommended at this time.

The Government of Canada website recommendations will be revisited as further evidence becomes available.

The additional dose (if required) of a mRNA vaccine should be provided soon after the individual’s arrival in Canada if the individual is planning to stay for a longer period of time. The minimum interval between the preceding dose and the additional dose should be 28 days.

Who is allowed to come to Canada if they are not vaccinated? 

The final determinations will be made by Government officials at the port of entry. However, the following are the requirements and suggestions for children, adult dependents, foreign workers, visitors and students. 

Adult Dependents

Dependants 18 years of age or over who are unvaccinated because of mental or physical limitation may enter but must follow all testing and quarantine requirements, even when they are accompanied by parents or guardians who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Temporary Foreign workers

To be allowed entry at the border, you must have a valid job offer in Canada and be able to start working after you complete your quarantine (unless you’re exempt from quarantine). This includes temporary foreign workers, technicians or specialists, commercial fishing-related activities or marine research, movers of essential goods, etc. Other essential work related activities outside of the above may not be allowed entry. 

What you need to have: ● bring your valid work permit (or proof of the approval), unless you are performing work that does not require a permit● find out if you need an immigration medical exam● bring proof of employment and your work activities● You must meet testing and quarantine requirements. Use the checklist for your method of entry:○ Entering Canada requirements checklist

For those in the medical field and unvaccinated.

You may be allowed entry into Canada. You must have prepared the following prior to entry: ● find out which testing and quarantine requirements apply to you● find out if you need an immigration medical exam● bring proof of employment and your work activities● read and follow the provincial or territorial restrictions● use ArriveCAN to submit your information

International Students (not from USA)

To be able to enter Canada, you must have a valid study permit, and the school you’re attending must be considered a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

At the border, you must be prepared with the following: ● check that your school is a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan● bring your valid study permit (or proof of the approval)● find out if you need an immigration medical exam● bring a valid letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) on the approved list● bring proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada● You must meet testing and quarantine requirements. Use the checklist for your method of entry:○ Entering Canada requirements checklist

Students in the health field:

If you are working in Canada as a student in a health field, you will likely be exempt from quarantine if you are entering for the purposes of performing your duties as long as you do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.


If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, your unvaccinated children must follow specific requirements when you return to or enter Canada. This is applicable to unvaccinated children under 12, who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.

Unvaccinated children under 12 must complete: – a pre-entry, arrival– Day-8 tests

The child is exempt from this requirement if:- The guardian has evidence that the child had a positive COVID-19 test taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada – The child is under 5 years of age.

For the next 14 days, the children must also:● not attend school, camp or daycare● not attend large or crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event● not take buses, subways, trains or other crowded transportation● not attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g. long term care facility), including people who are immunocompromised, regardless of that person’s vaccination status or public health measures● stay in a place that allows the child to avoid all contact with any person that:○ has an underlying medical condition that makes the person susceptible to complications related to COVID-19○ has a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment; or○ is 65 years of age or older● limit contact with others:○ remain with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian, as much as possible● wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members

What your child can do for the next 14 days, as long as they wear a mask and physically distance from non-household members:● visit uncrowded public settings such as parks, beaches or going for a walk● gather outdoors on your own property with people from multiple households● gather with a small group of people from outside the household who are all known to be fully vaccinated● take uncrowded public transportation such as a taxi, or rideshare provided masks are worn at all times by all parties● accompany you to essential settings such as a grocery store or pharmacy

For 14 days following entry into Canada, you and any unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who travelled with you must:● maintain a list of the names and contact information of each person with whom the child came into close contact and a list of locations visited● wear a well-constructed, well-fitting mask in public settings● keep a copy of the following and provide them on request to the Government of Canada or government of the province or territory where you are located, or to the local public health authority:○ all COVID-19 pre-arrival test results○ all on-arrival COVID-19 test results● monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If the child develops signs or symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, you must immediately:○ isolate them for 10 days in a designated area of the home that can ensure minimal contact with other household members○ contact the appropriate public health authority, as specified below, and follow their instructions○ report it immediately to the Public Health Agency of Canada by calling 1-833-641-0343. A Public Health Agency of Canada official will provide you with additional details and instructions○ follow all local public health requirements

If the child receives an indeterminate or invalid test result, they are required to take another test. Please contact your testing provider within 24 hours of receiving your test result to make arrangements to complete another self-swab kit.


If you are unvaccinated and entering canada for reasons of leisure, such as:● spending time at a seasonal home or cottage● childcare for your relatives● a personal or casual visit● tourism, fishing, entertainment or leisure

The government of Canada website advises that you will not be able to enter Canada, even with a negative Covid-19 test, unless you are fully vaccinated and qualify under the fully vaccinated travelers exemption outlined above. 

Visiting Family Members:

You will likely be allowed entry if you are visiting immediate family. This includes. You must demonstrate and provide the following:● You plan on staying in Canada for more than 15 or more days● ​​Bring documents to prove your family member’s status and your family relationship with them● You must meet testing and quarantine requirements. Use the checklist for your method of entry:○ Entering Canada requirements checklist

The documents needed:● one that shows your immediate family member’s status as a Canadian citizen, as a permanent resident, or as a person registered under the Indian Act● one that shows your relationship to that family member● Proof of your immediate family members status in Canada○ Examples: Passports, citizen certificate, citizenship card, or provincial or territorial birth certificate, a Canadian permanent resident travel document, a secure certificate of Indian status, certificate of Indian status or temporary confirmation of registration document (TCRD)● Proof of your relationship to that family member○ Examples: Birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc. 

Visiting for reasons of grief, funeral, or loss. 

To attend a funeral of someone who has passed in Canada and is a Canadian citizen, or for any reason surrounding that nature;● you must apply for Compassionate Entry to Canada. ○ For more information on how to apply for Compassionate Entry to Canada:●● bring all required issued compassionate approvals● you must meet testing and quarantine requirements. Use the checklist for your method of entry○ Entering Canada requirements checklist

Who can not come if they are not vaccinated? 

If you are travelling to Canada for a medical treatment, spending time at a seasonal home or cottage, childcare for your relatives, a personal or casual visit, tourism, fishing, entertainment or leisure  and are not vaccinated, you may not enter until you qualify for the vaccinated traveller exemption. 

In addition to all of these circumstances, unvaccinated foreign visitors are likely be required to do the following after admission into Canada: ● You must plan to meet the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirements. You are permitted to quarantine with family or friends, as long as you will not be in contact with a person at risk of more severe outcomes from COVID-19, unless that person has given consent. If you are travelling as part of a group, you can quarantine with members of your travel group.● If required, you can apply for a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons at the same time of your application for entry. If you are granted limited release, you must go directly to the location (or the locations) that have been approved and return directly to your quarantine afterward.

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All non-Canadian visitors, workers and students are not guaranteed entry into Canada. The above suggestions are in reference to the Government of Canada website and in order toenter Canada: ● You must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to enter.● Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada.● You must meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation; find out if you need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)● You won’t be allowed to board a flight to Canada if you don’t meet the flight requirements.● Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines.

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