Mandatory Vaccinations to Travel

by Nathan Couvillon

Requirements Effective October 30, 2021

Provide proof of vaccination

  • Air passengers flying on domestic, transborder, or international flights departing from certain airports in Canada; and
  • Rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.
  • For a short transition period until November 29, 2021, travelers have the option to show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test in order to board.

Requirements Effective November 30, 2021

  • COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination.

How do these new travel requirements impact departing TFWs?

  • Unvaccinated foreign nationals who normally reside outside of Canada and who entered Canada prior to October 30. Until February 28, they will be able to take a flight for the purpose of departing Canada if they show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test at the time of travel.

Mandatory Vaccinations to Travel

  • October 30
  • Boarding any flights in Canada for international travel
  • Via Rail or Rocky Mountaineer
  • Exemption – November 30 providing a negative PCR test and one shot
  • Working with OMAFRA
  • Ministers level
  • Federal Government
  • ESDC have not been consulted


Border Opening Up

  • Next month for fully vaccinated non-essential travel
  • No testing required at this time at land crossing
  • Air travel will align in the upcoming weeks
  • All travellers will be required to be vaccinated by January

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