COVID-19 vaccine travel requirements in effect in Canada

There will be a short transition period for people in the process of being immunized

Attention passengers – be prepared to show proof of full vaccination as of Saturday, Oct. 30.

The new requirements apply to all passengers leaving Canadian airports, as well as those travelling domestically via trains, planes and cruises.

The new federal travel rules apply to people 12 years of age and older. There is a bit of wiggle room in what the government calls a “short transition period” for those who are in the process of being immunized. Individuals will be able to travel if they can show a negative COVID-19 molecular test that has been taken no more than 72 hours from their departure.

“Let me be very clear – if you are not fully vaccinated by the end of November you will not be able to board a plane or train in Canada,” Canada’s transport minister Omar Alghabra told a news conference outside Toronto International Pearson Airport on Friday.

There are exceptions for medical reasons and emergencies. There are also allowances for travellers from “small, remote communities” in order to allow people to travel for medical, health, or social wellbeing reasons.

Ottawa said the government has consulted with the provinces, territories and First Nations to create the exemptions.

Beginning November 30, travellers must use a new pan-Canadian vaccine passport that will be issued by the provinces and territories. Border agents and airlines will be able to scan a QR code to view the information, such as the traveller’s name, date of birth, and which vaccines they received, and when they were immunized.

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