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Traveling to Canada during covid-19: what you need to know

by Edwin Robertson

(Spanish CNN) — Although covid-19 has been overshadowed in the news by events in Ukraine, after the Russian invasion that began in late February, the pandemic continues and many countries, including Canada, maintain some travel restrictions .

Here is an overview of what you need to know before traveling to Canada during the coronavirus period:

Requirements to travel to Canada

Since deal With the Government of Canada, Canadian citizens (including dual nationals), persons registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada or protected persons (refugee status) may enter Canada.

Foreigners will be able to do so for tourism if they are vaccinated, and there are specific exceptions for the entry of foreigners without vaccination.

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In any case, the application must be used. ArriveMay to complete arrival data 72 hours before travel.

There is no quarantine requirement after entering the country, but visitors they have to wear a mask for 14 days in public spaces, whether indoors or outdoors.

Canadian provinces may have other restrictions. find out which ones here.

Should I be vaccinated?

Canadians, Indian Act persons, permanent residents or protected persons may enter with or without full vaccination.

Foreigners who are fully vaccinated may also be allowed to enter Canada for tourism.

Canada considered that people must receive both doses to be fully vaccinated (one dose in the case of Johnson & Johnson), the second of which must have been received at least 14 days before travel.

The vaccination certificate must be uploaded in the ArriveCan app. Watch here which vaccines are accepted by Canada.

Under certain circumstances, entry of foreigners without full vaccination is permitted. To find out if you are in these exceptions, enter here.

In these cases, the person must self-quarantine for 14 days, although there are exceptions.

Should I take a test?

Since April 1, 2022, I lift the testing requirement for those entering with a full vaccination schedule. But they must still use the ArriveCAN app 72 hours before entering Canada.

Persons over 5 years old authorized to travel without a complete vaccination schedule must to present a negative antigen test taken one day before travel, or a PCR test taken 72 hours before, or a positive test (without showing symptoms at the time of travel) obtained at least 10 days before travel and no more than 180 days before.

Some people, such as flight crews, are exempt from taking a test before entering. Look here to see if you are in of these exceptions.

anyone can to be selected randomly on admission to be tested for covid-19. Vaccinated persons can continue their journey immediately, without waiting for the results.

The situation of covid-19 in Canada

Canada has recorded 3,533,901 cases and 37,866 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

There is no significant increase in infections at the moment, after the beak in January 2022, and 83.03% of the population is fully vaccinated.

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