Traveling to or within Canada? The rules have changed.This is what you need to know
passport? Check it out. Air tickets? Check it out. What are your vaccination documents and COVID-19 test results? Due to the pandemic, traveling home from abroad now requires a lengthy list.
Senka Dukovich of Toronto, who flew home from Croatia earlier this month, said: “You absolutely have to be prepared. This will not be the usual experience.”
Even domestic travelers may face challenges when entering certain provinces.
With the help of some Canadians who are already on the road, here is what you need to know about traveling to or within Canada.
Before you return to Canada
Although fully vaccinated Canadians Isolation can now be skipped When they returned to Canada, they still faced other requirements.
Dukovich, her husband Ted Read and their five-year-old granddaughter Ksenija Callaghan travelled to Croatia to visit their family in June. They stayed in Paris for two days before the last flight back to Canada on July 7.
France Passengers are required to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 on arrival, but Dukovich and her husband were exempted by showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Ksenija was also exempted because of her age.
“The rules of the country can be changed,” Dukovic said. “I did a lot of research to choose my flight route.”
However, the three must still be tested for COVID-19 in Paris before boarding their last flight home.
Travelers to Canada – even those who are fully vaccinated – Must provide proof The COVID-19 molecular test performed within 72 hours of arrival was negative. Air passengers need to take the test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the last direct flight to Canada.
Dukovich was pleased to discover that-at the time-France provided free PCR testing.
“We conducted three COVID tests [for free] “That will cost at least $400,” she said, “no trouble, no waiting, no appointment.”
However, Canadians who have left France are not so lucky now. July 7th, nationwide Stop offering Free test for tourists outside the European Union.
“You have to upload the documents for the first and second doses,” said Dukovic, who submitted his family’s application in a hotel room in Paris. “We just got our phones, so you can imagine, try to do this on a small phone.”
After the passenger completes the information input, they will receive a receipt via email to present to Canadian border officials on arrival, along with their COVID-19 test results and any vaccination documents.
On July 9, Shawn Plancke, a Canadian living in Barcelona, ??flew to Halifax with his wife and three children. He advises travelers to pack hard copies of the documents before heading to Canada.
“I know it goes against society now, but I still print it out,” he said. “I don’t want to flip my phone [for documents].”
Both land and air passengers will be tested for COVID-19 On arrival In Canada, or get a home test kit.The federal government provides free tests, and travelers can Pre-registration Go online to save time.
Must be used by travelers to Canada #ArriveCAN Submit their #Covid19 digital information. This includes travel history and vaccination certificate. You must enter your information within 72 hours before arrival.https://t.co/duPKWrfMud pic.twitter.com/w5RFdPdJdh
Dukovic and her family arrived in Montreal. She said that they received a home test package, not an on-site test, because they had a connecting flight to Toronto.
“On the way out, they just handed us the tool kit, just like giving you a lunch box,” Dukovic said.
Dukovic said that at home, she had to go online and was guided by a nurse through a video conference. The instructions provided by the nurse included “countdown to the number of seconds to put the swab in the nose.”
On the same day, Purolator was tested.
Travel with kids
Travelers who are fully vaccinated do not need to be isolated while waiting for test results. But Dukovic believes that she and her husband were required to be vaccinated because their 5-year-old granddaughter (who lives with them) was not vaccinated.
children Under 12 years old Vaccination in Canada is currently not allowed.
It was not until the third day of quarantine that Dukovic learned from the quarantine officer that only her granddaughter needed to be quarantined.
“This is a relief,” Dukovic said. “My husband and I are free to go out.”
Unvaccinated travelers-or currently vaccinated travelers Not recognized By the Canadian government-must be quarantined for 14 days.Those entering by plane must also spend up to three days in it Quarantine Hotel At your own expense.
however, Unvaccinated children Those under the age of 18 can go home with the vaccinated parents. But they must be isolated-even if their parents can leave the house.
But this is not what Planck said, the information he and his family got when they landed in Halifax after transiting in Montreal. Planck and his wife were fully vaccinated, but their three children did not. Even so, he said a provincial representative at Halifax Airport insisted that the entire family could be exempt from isolation.
“My wife was like,’But realize that we are not just flying from Montreal, we are flying from Spain. She said,’No, no, it makes no difference, all five of you are fine.’ “
Planck then called the federal government’s COVID-19 hotline and learned that his three children must be isolated.
Travel within Canada
For domestic travelers, these rules can also be complicated.
Air passengers traveling within Canada Don’t have to take COVID-19 test before arrival.
The rules may vary depending on your vaccination status and/or where you are from. For example, most Atlantic provinces now allow travelers from Atlantic Canada to enter, regardless of their vaccination status.
If the vaccine is fully vaccinated, or at least one dose in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, the rest of Canada can skip the quarantine in the Atlantic provinces.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated can also skip the isolation period in Manitoba and Territories.
Manitoba Yukon Territory Atlantic provinces are also exempt from quarantining unvaccinated children under the age of 12 if all their vaccinated guardians meet the exemption requirements. In Nova Scotia, this rule applies to unvaccinated children 18 years of age and under.
“It’s very confusing,” Planck said. But he said he understands why his children must comply with federal quarantine regulations when traveling internationally.
“The last thing we want to do is spread COVID because of our travel.”
The provinces and regions listed here may have further requirements for tourists, so visitors to these regions should check the rules online before packing their luggage.