Canada Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced on August 13 that all commercial air travellers, passengers on trains between provinces and cruise ship passengers will soon be required to have the full COVID vaccine. The new traveller vaccine requirements will go into effect "in the fall and no later than the end of October." Canada's border opened to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents on August 9, and will open to other foreigners on September 7.
Canada will also require that all federal public servants are fully vaccinated.
“As soon as possible in the fall and no later than the end of October, the Government of Canada will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated. The vaccination requirement will also extend to certain travellers. This includes all commercial air travellers.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 63.37% of its population fully vaccinated.
The government is working on a vaccine passport that can be used in Canada.
Cross-Border Travel FAQs
- Nearly 60% of Canadians are fully vaccinated, and 70% have had at least one shot.
- 49.6% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated,
- The U.S. has extended border closures and restricts the entry of non-essential travellers from Mexico and Canada by land and ferry at least through August 21.
Do You Have Questions About Travel to Canada?
If you have questions about your eligibility to travel to Canada or need an essential traveller exemption, contact Ackah Law for assistance.