Federal authorities say fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada need “more than just a QR code” – .

Federal authorities say fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada need “more than just a QR code” – .

Indeed, the federal mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine for travel on federally regulated trains and planes will come into effect and apply to most Canadians, permanent residents, international visitors and more.

While there will be exemptions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made it clear that they will be “unreasonably narrow,” meaning it is about to become much more difficult for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people to. to travel.

It’s not the only change slated for November 30, either. The COVID-19 vaccines that Canada will accept are expanding, and the requirements for those taking short trips abroad are also under review.

Before Tuesday, here’s everything you need to know about what’s changing and how to prepare.

The Canadian vaccine passport

As of November 30, 2021, almost all travelers who have not received the full cycle of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine will not be able to board a flight in Canada.

This applies to persons aged 12 and over on domestic and international flights, as well as rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.

Those who are considered partially vaccinated will not be allowed to board.

To travel, fully vaccinated people must show proof of vaccination, such as Canadian proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which should soon be available in all provinces and territories.

“Airlines and railways will continue to be responsible for confirming the immunization status of travelers,” officials said.

As of Tuesday, a negative COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to full vaccination, except in cases where the traveler has a valid exemption.

What are the exemptions?

While Trudeau has made it clear that the exemptions will be limited, there are a few.

This includes people with a “medical incapacity to be vaccinated”, people with “sincere religious beliefs”, those traveling for emergency reasons and those traveling in the national interest.

In most cases, eligibility for exceptions will be determined by individual airlines and railways. Travelers wishing to be exempt should contact the relevant airline or rail company to submit their request.

Vaccines against covid-19

On the same day, Canada will expand its list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines to include those manufactured by Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN.

Authorities said it would help align with the World Health Organization’s list of emergency uses.

This means that travelers from other countries who have received these vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated in Canada and will therefore be allowed to bypass certain travel restrictions.

Although an approved vaccine can be received in any country, proof of vaccination must be submitted via ArriveCAN in French or English.

COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) continue to be accepted.

Pre-entry test

That’s not all. As of November 30, it will be easier and cheaper for fully vaccinated people eligible to enter Canada to leave the country for short periods.

That’s because authorities are removing pre-entry COVID-19 testing for those taking trips of 72 hours or less.

This means that eligible travelers who depart and return to Canada within this timeframe will not have to take a PCR test to return, whether returning by car or plane.

It also means that Canadians making a short trip across the Canada-U.S. Land border will be able to skip testing altogether, as the United States does not require testing at its land borders.

So far, the rules have not changed for travelers making trips longer than 72 hours. Those taking longer trips must continue to provide a pre-entry molecular test before returning to Canada. Antigenic tests are not accepted.

Following the detection of a new variant in South Africa, the federal government introduced new travel restrictions on November 26 for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals from seven southern African countries.

The new measures include an entry ban for some travelers and mandatory quarantine and testing requirements for others.

The cover image for this article is used for illustration purposes only.

Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.


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