Here are 4 new changes to travel requirements that will come into effect on November 30, 2021 which will impact almost everyone. Beginning Tuesday, travel within Canada and internationally will change to accommodate new regulations.
- A person needs to be fully vaccinated, if they want to travel within Canada or travel outside Canada including Citizens, permanent residents, international visitors and more. Only certain exemptions will be allowed. This applies to people aged 12 and older on domestic and international flights, as well as rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.
- As of Tuesday (Nov 30), a negative COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to full vaccination, apart from in instances where the traveler has a valid exemption. This will be only applicable to people already in Canada who wants to travel within/outside Canada. Exemptions include those with a “medical inability to be vaccinated,” individuals with “sincere religious beliefs,” those travelling for emergency purposes and those travelling in the national interest.
- 3 new vaccines will be accepted by Canada namely, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and COVAXIN. Travelers who has received these vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated for all the travel requirements for Canada, given that travelers can provide acceptable proof.
- Canadians leaving Canada and returning back within 72 hours will not need pre-entry COVID testing before coming from U.S. This will be applicable for travelers coming by land or air.
Officials said “Airlines and railways will continue to be responsible for confirming the vaccination status of travelers.” In most cases, eligibility for exceptions will be determined by individual airlines and railways. Travelers seeking an exemptions will need to contact their airline or railway company to fulfill their request.
It’s important to know that travelers will need to submit vaccination proof in the ArriveCAN app.