Today, the government announced that they will suspend vaccination requirements for domestic and outbound travel, federally regulated transportation sectors, and federal government employees, beginning June 20, 2022.
Canadians have stepped up to protect themselves and neighbours from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. Today, nearly 90% of the eligible population has been vaccinated, case counts have decreased, and the rates of hospitalizations and deaths are also decreasing across the country.
Throughout the pandemic, our government’s response has been – and will continue to be – informed by expert advice and sound science and research. As the pandemic has evolved, so too have public health measures and advice.
As of June 20, travellers will no longer need to be fully vaccinated to board a plane or train in Canada. All travellers entering Canada must continue following entry requirements, including vaccination. Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane or train.
Unvaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to Canada are still subject to quarantine and testing requirements which include providing proof of a negative molecular test such as a PCR test, which must have been taken within 72 hours of the scheduled flight or land entry into Canada. Otherwise, unvaccinated travellers can provide a negative antigen test taken the previous day, but it must be administered or taken in the presence of a pharmacy lab, health-care entity, or telehealth service.
Unvaccinated travellers will also be subject to either an on-site or take home COVID-19 test upon arrival. Unvaccinated travellers upon entry must also quarantine for 14 days and take another test on day eight of their quarantine.
The vaccine regulations of other countries are outside the control of the Canadian government. Other nations might require vaccination status or other testing requirements and the Canadian government urges travellers to check with the nation they are travelling to regarding their requirements.
As always, we made this decision based on the science. We will not hesitate to make further adjustments based on the latest public health advice and science to keep Canadians safe. We continue to strongly encourage Canadians to remain up to date with their COVID vaccination shots, including boosters to get ready for the fall.