Canada Border Crossing Requirements

The Canadian border opened August 9th, 2021!!

Government officials said that as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on Aug. 9, 2021 Americans citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. will be able to travel to Canada for discretionary purposes.

Getting through the door: To enter Canada, travelers must have received their full series of a vaccine — approved by Health Canada — at least 14 days prior to their arriving at the border.

The approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, Canadian officials say they are actively studying whether to eventually accept individuals who received doses of other vaccines.

Those arriving in Canada must provide evidence of their vaccination in English, French or a certified translation in addition to the original. Travelers will also be required to upload Covid-related information, including proof of vaccination, through the ArriveCan app or web portal before departure to Canada. The ArriveCan App can only be accessed upto 72 hours prior to your travel dates.


If you are driving to a land border crossing, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry to Canada. This applies to all travellers 5 years of age or older regardless of citizenship. 

Visitors must also be asymptomatic upon arrival and meet pre-entry screening requirements, including a new border program that randomly selects people to complete a Covid test the day of their arrival.

In case travelers fail to meet all of the conditions, they are required to have a suitable quarantine plan ready to present at the border.

Traveling with kids: Unvaccinated children under 12 years old who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents will no longer have to complete a 14-day quarantine.

However, these kids will have to follow strict rules such as avoiding group settings during the first 14 days after their arrival. They must also complete tests on the first and eighth days after they enter Canada.

 Arrive Can App   Be sure you are on the right app, there are scam apps. You should not have to enter any credit card information. This is a free app.

See the full News Release here:
Canada Border Services Agency

Full Official Details for travel to Canada:

Government Canada Travel Site

Access checklist for planning your trip:

Travel Checklist



Pre-entry Test Requirements

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. You don't require a test to fly within Canada.

There are no exemptions to pre-entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers.

If you're driving to land border crossing, you must take a test in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada.

All travellers must:

  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test

  • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada


These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:

  • PCR - Polymerase chain reaction

  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR

  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)

  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

  • Isothermal amplification

  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)

  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)

  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)

  • Ct (cycle threshold)


  • Sequencing

  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)

  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)

  • Detection of the N gene

  • Detection of Orf1a/b

  • Detection of the S gene

  • Detection of the E gene

  • Detection of the RdRp gene

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.