The Government Of Canada has announced that as of October 1, 2022 all Covid-19 travel and border measures will come to an end. This will include the removal of all entry restrictions, testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements.
The removal of the measures comes from a number of different factors, which includes new models that reveal that Canada has has passed the wave to a large extent Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants, our high vaccination rates, lower hospitalizations and death rates, as well as our readily available Covid-19 boosters, rapid tests, and treatments.
Regardless of citizenship, travelers will no longer have to:
- submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
- provide proof of vaccination;
- undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
- carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada
On top of that, Transport Canada is also removing travel requirements as of October 1, 2022. The removal includes:
- will no longer undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
- no longer wear masks on planes and trains.
Although the masking requirement is being lifted, travellers are still being encouraged to wear well fitting masks during their travels to ensure personal safety and public safety, this is entirely optional however.
Cruise measures are also being lifted and travelers will no longer be required to do pre-board tests, be vaccinated, or use ArriveCAN. A set of guidelines will remain to protect passengers and crew which will reflect the guidelines currently being used in the United States.
Travelers are reminded that should they have Covid-19 symptoms, they should not travel. If a traveler becomes sick during their travels and is still sick when entering back into the country, they are urged to inform a flight attendant, cruise staff, or a border services officer upon arrival.
“Thanks largely to Canadians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we have reached the point where we can safely lift the sanitary measures at the border. However, we expect COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses will continue to circulate over the cold months, so I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses and exercise individual public health measures. I also thank the dedicated public health officers and frontline staff at our land borders and airports who have worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of people in Canada for the last two years.”
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health
“Canada’s travel measures successfully mitigated the full impact of COVID-19 for travellers and workers in the transportation sector, and helped keep communities safe. Thanks to Canadians who rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated, we are able to take this great step towards easing measures and returning to normal.”
The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport
“Since the start, our Government has taken the necessary steps to keep Canadians safe in the face of a global pandemic. COVID-19 border measures were always meant to be temporary and we are making adjustments based on the current situation because that’s what Canadians expect. I want to thank CBSA officers who are at the front line facilitating travel, supporting our economy, and ensuring the safety and security of our communities.”
The Honourable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Public Safety
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