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New Measures for Travelers Entering Canada

Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau and Ministers Hadju, Blair and Mendicino announced upcoming changes to Canada’s border restrictions, provided that Canada's COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable.

The following changes are intended to start as of August 9, 2021, 

For unvaccinated / partially vaccinated travellers:

  • Elimination of the three-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement. Partially-vaccinated and unvaccinated international students will still be required to undergo Day 1 and Day 8 COVID-19 molecular tests, and complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine.

For fully vaccinated travellers:

  • Discretionary (non-essential) travel for fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. allowed.
  • Adjustments made to arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.
  • Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age and dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition) of fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to complete a 14 day quarantine but must follow strict public health measures.

International flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at five additional Canadian airports:

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
  • Edmonton International Airport.


The following changes are intended to start as of September 7, 2021:

Provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated traveller who has completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements. This could mean the return of fully vaccinated international students travelling to Canada on eTA and TRV. Languages Canada is currently confirming this interpretation.

Please note that no changes have been made to eligibility requirements for travellers to be considered fully vaccinated. Please make sure you meet the requirements prior to your departure: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/07/international-students-and-travel-to-canada.html

For further information, please see yesterday’s press release from the Government of Canada, and update from the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Retrieved from: Languages Canada