Government of Canada Announces Adjustments to Border and Travel Measures

In a sweeping announcement November 19th, the federal government has announced that beginning January 15th 2022, only double vaccinated people will be able to enter Canada, this includes essential workers such as Truck Drivers. This has been done to match up with the U.S. announced requirement to allow only double vaccinated travelers to enter the US. A final date for this requirement to enter the U.S. has yet to be provided.

Vaccination Requirements for Essential Cross-border Transportation Workers

As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travelers who are currently exempt from entry requirements, including most essential service providers (such as truck drivers) will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada.

Until January 15, 2022, the current border rules and exemptions for essential cross-border road transportation workers remain unchanged, with the exception of a new ArriveCAN element that will be introduced on November 30th.

Full details are included in the News Release: Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures

New ArriveCAN Functionality

As of November 30, 2021, all exempt essential service providers will be required to identify their vaccination status in ArriveCAN, regardless of whether or not they are allowed to enter as unvaccinated. ArriveCAN will prompt them to provide details on their vaccine(s), including manufacturer, country received and date received, and to upload their proof of vaccination.

If an exempt essential traveller previously created a reusable ArriveCAN receipt, they will be required to either download the latest version of the free ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in to the web version after November 30, 2021, and re-submit all of their information, including the newly required information on proof of vaccinations, to get a new exempt reusable ArriveCAN receipt. Once an exempt traveller creates a new reusable receipt, the receipt can be used for subsequent trips.

Until January 15, 2022, if an exempt essential traveller is not vaccinated, they will still be able to get an ArriveCAN receipt. After January 15, 2022, they must be fully vaccinated to get an ArriveCAN receipt. As of this date, most travellers who are currently exempt from quarantine will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. They will also be required to upload their proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN.

Full details from the Public Health Agency of Canada can be found here:

Complete and detailed information about the requirements for travel to and within Canada can be found here:

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