TORONTO – While Canada continues to advise against all non-essential travel outside the country, there are many countries that accept travelers from Canada with limited COVID-19 restrictions.
Most countries have COVID-19 restrictions for foreign travelers, with Mexico and Colombia being the two exceptions. Both of those countries require a travel form to be filled out prior to arrival, but there are no other COVID-19 restrictions for travelers to Canada.
Canada is currently restricting all travel to 16 countries. Nations on that list include Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Myanmar and Somalia; More details can be found Here.
EU member states began accepting travelers from Canada in July. Travelers traveling to most European countries will need a negative PCR test and proof of vaccination to avoid mandatory quarantine. Non-vaccinated travelers will need to have a negative PCR test and be quarantined for 10 to 14 days, depending on the country they are touring. France, the UK, Sweden, Germany and Austria are requiring negative tests, but not asking Canadians to quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.
Many European countries that welcome travelers to Canada are accepting people who have had mixed and matched vaccines, as long as the vaccines are approved for use by an EU health authority or the World Health Organization (WHO). Was. What is considered fully immunized can depend on the country, so it is always best to check the government webs for the most up-to-date information, but currently most EU countries with a mix of AstraZeneca and mRNA doses- With a mixture of mRNA doses are accepted. .
United States of america
Currently, there is no vaccine requirement for travel in the United States. The land border is currently closed to non-essential travel from Canadians, but they are able to fly into the country. Canadians traveling to the US from abroad should be aware of additional restrictions. Canadians will not be allowed to travel to the US if they have traveled to India, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa or most European countries 14 days ago.
The land border restrictions for Canadians traveling to the US are in effect until September 21 and could be extended. US travelers are able to use the land border to enter Canada starting August 9, with proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
Latin America and Caribbean Countries
Most Latin and Caribbean countries are also accepting Canadians, but travel requirements vary. Some countries will require a complete negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival, while others will test upon arrival. Other countries require vaccinations, and some provide COVID-19 certified housing to control the spread.
The Turks and Caicos Islands require full vaccinations and a negative test to travel to the country. They accept mix-and-match doses between mRNA and adenovector vaccines, and between mRNA doses.
Canadians traveling to Jamaica must provide a negative test. Travelers must fill out an online application within seven days of travel and wait for approval before entering the country.
Similarly, St Lucia does not require vaccination upon entry, but travelers must have a negative PCR test at least five days prior to their arrival in the country. St Lucia has set up special accommodations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the island by keeping tourists in an area during their quarantine period. Those who have been fully vaccinated can move to and from these residences as they please; For partially or non-vaccinated travelers, there are restrictions on where they can travel and what excursions they can participate in at certified resorts.
Bermuda will require a negative test, and unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
On 10 August, Martinique entered lockdown and is not currently accepting tourists.
It’s important to check your destination’s restrictions before setting out as they are updated regularly.
As with other destinations, it’s important to keep an eye on changing requirements on cruise ships. Currently, there are no cruises operating out of Canada, but Canadians can jump on board in other countries.
Who is considered fully vaccinated can vary greatly by port and country, so it is important to be aware of vaccination policies when traveling.
Celebrity cruises departing from most ports in Greece accept mixed mRNA doses, but those departing Athens accept mixed doses of AstraZhenka and mRNA vaccines.
Norwegian Cruise Line requires passengers to be fully vaccinated with the same brand of vaccine.
All cruises departing from US ports require passengers to be vaccinated according to the CDC’s definition, which does not include a full vaccination with AstraZeneca, or a mix and match of AstraZeneca and an mRNA dose.
who can travel to canada
Canada has currently suspended flights from India and Morocco. Otherwise, travelers entering the country must provide a negative molecular test within 72 hours of arrival, and provide proof of vaccination authorized for use in Canada to avoid being in a 14-day quarantine.
Passengers are required to use the Arivacan app to upload their proof of vaccination.
There is no guarantee that travelers to Canada will be accepted at the border.
Travel insurance is always beneficial in case travelers need medical assistance abroad, and insurance companies are now providing COVID-19 specific travel insurance.
Manulife has a pandemic travel plan and WestJet is offering passengers complimentary COVID-19 travel insurance for using their services.
Since Canada is currently advising against all non-essential travel abroad, it is best to check insurance policies to see if they will cover any COVID-19 related issues that may occur during travel. Some insurance companies, such as TD Insurance, have coverage waivers where Canadians are advised to avoid travel.
Travel insurance coverage may also depend on the vaccination status of the traveler, one of Manulife’s travel insurance plans does not cover any COVID-19 related expenses for unvaccinated travelers.