Travel and COVID-19

If you're travelling within Canada or leaving the country, make a plan to show proof of vaccination. Avoid all travel, if you're not fully vaccinated.

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Last updated: December 24, 2021

Federal requirements for travel

The Government of Canada requires all travellers 12 years and 4 months of age and older to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to use federally regulated methods of travel:

  • Departing from any Canadian airport
  • Travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
  • Staying on a non-essential passenger vessel for more than 24 hours (like a cruise ship)
    • ​BC Ferries does not require proof of vaccination

You should get your federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination before travelling inside or outside of Canada.

Note: You're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you get your second dose of vaccine.

Travel within Canada

Recreational travel within Canada is allowed. Wherever you travel, keep your group small and respect local communities.

You will need to show proof that you're fully vaccinated to access some types of travel, businesses or services.

Travel internationally with proof of vaccination and ArriveCAN

International travel restrictions change frequently. Continue to check federal guidance before you travel.

Leaving Canada

Many international destinations may accept Canada's COVID-19 proof of vaccination. Each country makes the final decision on what they accept as proof of vaccination and how early they require it.

Before you go on your trip:

Returning to Canada

When you return to Canada, you must use ArriveCAN to submit your travel and health details in the 72 hours before your arrival back in the country.

Travellers arriving from all countries except the United States must take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Canada and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Federal proof of vaccination for travel

The Government of Canada has created a federal proof of vaccination document for travel. You need it to travel within Canada and internationally.

Step 1: Get your proof of vaccination and ID

Before you go on your trip, print a copy of your federal proof of vaccination. Leave enough time to check that your proof of vaccination document is accurate and make corrections, if needed.

Travel agents will ask to see your proof of vaccination and a piece of valid government photo ID. Check with your travel provider about government ID requirements for your trip.

Step 2: Check your proof of vaccination

  • The name on your proof of vaccination must match the name on your government ID
  • Your birth date needs to be correct
  • The details about your vaccination need to be correct

If you notice something is wrong, update your information.