Omicron Variant Update
Last updated: 1 December 2021
On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization classified B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern called Omicron.
The Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries with entry prohibitions originally announced on November 26, 2021, to include Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi. Effective 1 December 2021, foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada:
- •South Africa; and
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and people with status under the Indian Act, regardless of their vaccination status or having had a previous history of testing positive for COVID-19, who have been in any of these 10 countries in the previous 14 days, will be subject to enhanced pre-entry and arrival testing, screening, and quarantine measures.
Moving forward, border testing surveillance will be adjusted based on the latest available evidence to further reduce the risk of importation of this variant. From today, all fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air from departure points other than the United States will be subject to arrival testing (tests will be provided free of charge). Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test.
Unvaccinated travellers, with right of entry to Canada, will continue to be tested on arrival and day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. However, those arriving by air will now be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility or other suitable location while they await the result of their on arrival test.
For further information, please visit the official Government of Canada website.
Canada’s International Borders Re-Open
Last updated: 07 September 2021
Today the Government of Canada re-opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers who meet entry requirements.
While travel will look a little different, and additional pre-travel planning is needed, this is a significant milestone for the Canadian tourism and business events sectors.
As we all plan ahead for what we hope will be a prosperous autumn and beyond, we wanted to share the latest Government processes and protocols for travellers looking to visit Canada.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism; however, these individuals must:
- • be fully vacinated: a traveler must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson);
- • have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted;
- • be asymptomatic;
- • submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan;
- • be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
- • take a test on arrival, if selected.
For more information please use the following links: