Canada to Remove All Covid-19 Travel Requirements Starting October 1

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The Govt of Canada on Monday announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022.

The removal of border measures has been facilitated by a number of factors, including modelling that indicates Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5-fueled wave, Canada’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, and the availability and use of vaccine boosters (including new bivalent formulation), rapid tests, and COVID-19 treatments.

Canada’s New Border and Travel Measures

According to a news release issued by the Canadian Govt, Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:

  • Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website.
  • Provide proof of vaccination.
  • Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing.
  • Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
  • Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving in Canada.

The Govt of Canada has also decided to get rid of the current requirements for travel. Beginning on October 1, 2022, travellers won’t need to:

  • Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
  • Wear masks on planes and trains.

Despite the lifting of the masking requirement, all travellers are strongly recommended to wear high-quality, properly fitted masks during their journeys.

Additionally, there will no longer be any requirements for pre-boarding tests, vaccinations, or the use of ArriveCAN for cruise passengers. There will still be a set of regulations to protect passengers and crew that are consistent with those in the United States.

People are urged not to travel if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Travellers should notify a flight attendant, cruise staff member, or a border services officer if they get sick while travelling and are still sick when they arrive in Canada.

A quarantine officer may then be consulted to determine whether the traveller requires additional medical evaluation because COVID-19 is still one of many communicable diseases listed in the Quarantine Act.

In order to safeguard their health and safety, the Canadian government also reminds travellers to make well-informed choices when considering international travel.

For more information on safe travel, they are urged to review the Travel advice and advisories.


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