Updated Cross Border Travel Guidelines for Medical Purposes
The rules regarding travel continue to change from what it seems like day to day or week to week. In the past 2 years, getting across the border has been cumbersome to say the least. We have tried to stay ahead of it so we know how to assist our clients so here are the latest rules per travel.cg.ca:
All travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter the US and return to Canada. Fully vaccinated definition is someone who is 2 weeks out from their last vaccine dose. Proof of a negative COVID-PCR test taken 24 hours prior to departure is required to enter the US. Proof of a negative COVID-PRC test taken 72 hours before arrival back to Canada is required. Antigen tests are not acceptable in either country. A previous positive test is acceptable if it has been 14-180 days in both countries. The person must be symptom free when they arrive in either country.
Proof of vaccination needs to be uploaded to ArriveCAN before they board a flight or reach land in Canada. A paper or digital copy of proof of vaccination also needs to be carried with you. If you meet these guidelines, you will not be required to quarantine.
Leave for medical treatment and return to Canada exempt from standard rules:
Persons who must leave and return to Canada to receive essential medical treatment or services in another country are exempt from standard rules. This does not include surgeries or diagnostic tests that are deemed elective or non-urgent.
For individuals who require medical treatment or services (for example, life-saving treatment) outside of Canada, they must have:
- upon leaving Canada, written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in Canada indicating treatment or services outside Canada are essential; and
- upon return to Canada, written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the foreign country indicating treatment or services were provided in that country
If you’re the person requiring medical treatment, you may have 1 person accompany you if:
- you’re a minor or dependent child or
- you require assistance in accessing the essential medical services or treatment
The accompanying person must meet entry requirements for their return to Canada. The accompanying person is exempt from quarantine and arrival testing, but will still be required to:
- follow local public health guidance
- wear a mask when in public, and
- keep a list of close contacts for the 14-day period after arrival
- if qualifies as fully vaccinated and they have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they would also be exempt from pre-entry test requirements.
If you are interested in private surgery and need help navigating the current rules, please contact Health Vantis to assist you in your journey so no detail is left out at 877-344-3544 or Info@healthvantis.com.