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Effective January 15 All Travellers to Canada Must Be Fully Vaccinated

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Effective January 15 All Travellers to Canada Must Be Fully Vaccinated

Effective January 15, exempt workers are required to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. This adjustment to Canada's cross-border travel requirements was first announced on November 19 so workers, businesses and travellers had time to prepare.

Starting January 15, essential travellers must also be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country, which includes:

  • individuals travelling to reunite with family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • international students over the age of 18
  • professional and amateur athletes and their support staff
  • individuals with a valid work permit, including temporary foreign workers
  • essential service providers, including foreign truckers

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the full recommended dose of a vaccine approved by the Canadian government.

Traveller Vaccination Exemptions

Some exempt travellers to Canada can receive a vaccination exemption only if they meet the following requirements:

  • agricultural and food processing workers
  • foreign marine crew members
  • anyone entering on compassionate grounds
  • new permanent residents
  • newly resettled refugees
  • children under the age of 18 who are currently exempt from the travel restrictions, including international students who are studying at a designated learning institution that has a COVID-19 readiness plan; those travelling with a parent, step-parent, tutor or guardian who is either fully vaccinated, or a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or person registered under the Indian Act; and those travelling to reunite with immediate or extended Canadian family members in Canada
  • national interest exemptions

Exempt travellers who are allowed to enter Canada will be subject to testing, quarantine and other public health measures.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents cannot be denied entry into Canada. Unvaccinated Canadians need to meet all pre-entry, arrival, day-eight testing, and quarantine requirements. Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is symptomatic upon arrival to Canada will be directed to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) official and will be directed to isolate for 10 days from the time they enter Canada.

Know Before You Go

If you have questions about your eligibility to travel to Canada contact Ackah Law for assistance.

📞Contact Ackah Law BEFORE you try to cross the Border (403) 452‑9515


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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