Canada to lift all COVID-19 border and travel restrictions
In a move that will benefit international travellers coming to Canada, the Federal Government has announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, including testing, quarantine and proof of vaccination.
This comes as Canada’s data modelling shows that the wave caused by the Omicron-variant of the COVID-19 virus is declining, coupled with the lower hospitalization and death rate, high vaccination rates, and widespread availability of vaccine boosters, rapid antigen test kits and COVID-19 therapeutic treatment.
Effective October 1, all travellers entering Canada will no longer have to:
- Submit health information on the ArriveCan App/website
- Provide proof of vaccination
- Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
- Quarantine or isolate
- Monitor and report to health authorities if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19
Wearing masks on airplanes and trains are also no longer mandatory, but is still recommended by Transport Canada.
VGC welcomes this development as it returns the arrival process for international students to pre-pandemic practice. To learn more about VGC’s COVID-19 Safety Plan and Procedures, as well as the latest provincial COVID-19 measures, please visit our COVID-19 resource page.