Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on September 14.
As of September 7, vaccinated international travelers are allowed to visit as well.
The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until September 21, 2021.
What’s on offer
This is the ultimate destination for adventure. Whether it’s skiing and snowboarding in the Rockies or bear watching in the wilds of Ontario, Canada has everything to satisfy travelers who want to spend time in the great outdoors.
Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City are all perfect for city breaks, with first rate culture, food and entertainment on offer.
Who can go
Citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter Canada, but if unvaccinated they must self-quarantine for 14 days.
As for travelers arriving by land, all visitors — with some exceptions — are also required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days before arrival.
What are the restrictions?
As of August 9, international flights are permitted to land at the international airports in these Canadian cities: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The quarantine plan must detail where you will stay, how you will get there and how you will arrange for delivery of essentials such as groceries and medicine. Failure to stick to the plan can lead to six months’ jail time and a CAD$750,000 (US$593,000) fine.
Additionally, all arrivals are given a health screening by a border officer to assess any symptoms.
What’s the Covid-19 situation?
Canada is now in the midst of a nationwide Covid-19 vaccine program as cases continue to rise.
Canada dealt with the initial wave of Covid-19 well. However, a deadly second wave in late 2020 led to new lockdowns.
Multiple provinces eased their restrictions as case numbers dropped in recent months, however officials warn the country is entering a fourth wave after a summer drop, with cases on the rise again.
What can visitors expect?
Mask mandates vary between provinces.
Provinces have been relaxing the rules on social gatherings, indoor dining and travel in recent months in response to rising vaccination rates.
Most Canadian provinces continue to advise people to keep a distance of two meters (6.5 feet) to cut the spread of the virus.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Paula Newton and Karla Cripps contributed to this report