Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that Canadians can now obtain a COVID-19 proof of vaccination form for international travel.
Here’s what you need to know.
The form is a PDF or other document. On the first page, this includes your name, date of birth, and COVID-19 vaccination history: which vaccines you received and when.
This also includes information about which province is issuing your proof of vaccination, the Canadian government logo, and a QR code.
According to the federal government, the form does not include the type of COVID-19 vaccine, its lot number, and any personal medical information beyond the date each shot was administered.
While the first page of the form is common to all participating provinces, some provinces may choose to add a second page and its content may vary from province to province.
If you live in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan or Yukon, you can download your proof of vaccination now from their Ministry of Health websites, along with other provinces to come – Although they did not provide a specific timeline.
NS The Government of Canada has a link to check if this is available in your province and links to each province’s download site.
Maybe you already have the file. For example, Ontario’s new proof of COVID-19 vaccination forms, released over the weekend, conform to the federal standard.
If your proof of vaccination form says “Proof of COVID-19 vaccination” at the top of the document, it should include the logo of your province or territory as well as the flag logo of the Government of Canada, your name and date of birth, and your COVID-19 Is. 19 Vaccine dosage information, this may be federal.
Some provinces, such as Quebec, will have a separate link on their websites to download federal forms for international travel, said Alexander Cohen, press secretary to immigration minister Marco Mendicino. This form will be different from the form you can use in a province or upload to a provincial app.
Other provinces may also adopt this method, and issue two separate proofs of vaccination, Cohen said.
You can save the file to a mobile device or print a paper copy.
If you plan to travel, the government recommends keeping both a paper and an electronic copy of your vaccination proof.
You will still need to show a piece of personal identification, such as a passport, with your vaccination document.
Cohen said there are currently no plans for the federal government to develop an app nationwide or for travel, like some European countries like France have done.
By October 30, you must show proof of vaccination along with ID when traveling by plane, train or cruise ship within Canada.
There will be a grace period until November 30, in which you can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of boarding your plane, train or ship, instead of proof of vaccination. This is to give people time to get vaccinated, according to the government website.
You will also need to show this document if you are boarding a plane to an international destination in Canada.
The government says this document can also serve as proof of your vaccinations when traveling internationally. However, having this document is not a guarantee that another country will let you in, they warn. You will need to check local travel guidelines before you arrive.
The federal government says that provinces can choose to use this proof of vaccination form to control access to non-essential services.
The government still recommends against non-essential international travel.
If you travel, you will also need to show proof of your vaccinations on your way back to Canada. You can upload this document to the Arivacan app up to 72 hours prior to your arrival or before boarding the plane.
-Granthshala News’ With files from Rachel Gilmore
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