COVID has been around now for nearly 2 years and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. That means we still have to follow guidelines and endure inconveniences, especially if we decide to travel. The good news is that effective Nov 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals crossing the border for land or air travel, are exempt from providing a COVID-19 molecular PCR test to re-enter Canada. The exemption only pertains to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, who’s trip originated in Canada via air or land, that can show they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours.
The exemption also applies to:
- people with medical contraindications as defined in the Orders in Council (OIC); and
- unvaccinated children under 12 who are accompanying their parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor. The accompanying adult must be fully vaccinated (or have a contraindication) and have right of entry to Canada.
The 72-hour period runs from the initial scheduled departure time for flight leaving Canada to the scheduled departure time for their flight back into Canada for those with the right of entry in to Canada traveling via air. Proof of the 72 hour window of travel will be required to border officials. Acceptable proof will be via boarding pass and/or travel itinerary.
Stay tuned for additional changes to occur January 15, 2022.