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Canadians (vaccinated or not) have always been allowed to travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But now, finally, entry restrictions and requirements are greatly reduced both here in Canada and in the 160+ countries open to Canadian travelers. In fact, Canada has literally just one rule left for vaccinated Canadians… and some other countries have even less.

We already considered ourselves experts about travel in general (and have appeared as such in countless media outlets since launching Flytrippers), and now it’s even more true for pandemic travel.

Since last summer, both of us Flytrippers cofounders have:

  • Visited a total of 14 different countries on 3 continents
  • Taken 63 different flights
  • Tested out every single aspect of the travel experience during the pandemic

So we want to share all our tips and expertise to help you start traveling again (for less, of course).

Subscribe to our free newsletter today to get our pandemic travel checklist, its soon-to-be-ready update, all the upcoming content and coronavirus updates for Canadian travelers (including a huge FAQ page with 60+ answers).

Here’s everything you need to know about traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Step-by-step how-to for pandemic travel

Let’s start with this key summary.

How to travel during the coronavirus pandemic is actually a very simple 3-step process.

Simplified 3-step process to travel

 

That’s it. Simple.

Really!

Yes:

  • Comply with the rules to board a plane in a Canadian airport **NEW**
  • Comply with the entry rules for where you are going
  • Comply with the entry rules for your return to Canada

Okay don’t worry, we’ll help you a lot more than that.

But that’s the short version:

  • You’ll soon need to be vaccinated to fly (simple to understand)
  • We’ll show you how to check the rules for any destination (those are not so simple)
  • We’ll explain Canada’s actually very simple entry rules (that’s really the easiest part)

And here’s the summary about how you can travel.

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Step 1: The rules to board a plane in a Canadian airport

You need to be fully vaccinated to board any plane departing from a Canadian airport, since November 30.

No test is required, except for most of those who take advantage of the exemptions.

Read the details of the vaccination requirement and one-month grace period.

 

Step 2: The entry rules are for your destination

Here is how to find the entry rules for your destination. We focus on leisure travel but there are exemptions for essential travel in most countries.

Further below you’ll find more details about how to understand entry restrictions and requirements because it’s vital to look very carefully at all the details for your destination (a COVID-19 test can have 25 different meanings).

 

International travel

Flytrippers strongly believes that international travel is much more gratifying for us as humans (and it can also be much cheaper, and saving money means more travel).

So first, here is a screenshot of the map in our list of 167 countries open to all Canadians.

Map of countries open to Canadian travelers (image credit: Flytrippers)

 

You can check out that ultimate guide to see the rules, and double-check that they haven’t changed if you look at it in between our regular updates.

 

USA travel

We have a bit of content specific to the USA since our closest neighbor is the only one with whom we have the particularity of sharing a land border, which causes a bit of confusion for some travelers.

So here’s a detailed post about how Canadians can travel to the United States, since it’s a popular destination (and the only one where it’s easy to get a free COVID-19 test for your entry into Canada).

Here’s an infographic that summarizes the testing requirements to enter the USA (and then to enter Canada).

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Domestic travel

Even though it’s not as much of a culture shock for many of us passionate world travelers, with the current situation, traveling within Canada can be a bit simpler obviously.

But that does not mean there are no restrictions or requirements: There are in many provinces and territories. Especially for non-vaccinated travelers…

But one province still requires a test for some vaccinated travelers… and one territory is completely closed to most vaccinated travelers.

For non-vaccinated travelers, at least Canada’s 4 most populous (and arguably most popular) provinces have no entry restrictions or entry requirements: Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Here is the map of entry restrictions and requirements for Canadian provinces, with all the details.

 

Step 3: The entry rules are for your return to Canada

UPDATE: New requirements will soon be implemented.

First of all, Canada’s entry restrictions never apply to Canadians. Canada has never closed any border to Canadians. You are always allowed in.

All that you have to look at are the entry requirements. Before giving you more details about each requirement, first, let’s look at an overview with 2 infographics.

This flow chart will clearly show you what the rules are in your situation.

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This guide is for Canadians, but you can see the rules for foreigners too.

And here is another way to summarize Canada’s new much simpler entry requirements for Canadians since the August 9th changes.

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UPDATE: Starting November 30, all short trips under 72 hours in length will be exempt of the pre-departure test requirement for CANADIANS only.

The rules still depend on whether you are vaccinated or not (see the next section for who is considered fully vaccinated), but there is no longer any difference between entering by land and entering by air now that the ineffective hotel quarantine has been abolished.

The new rules are extremely simple: If you are fully vaccinated, all you need is proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering Canada (pre-entry test).

That’s it.

(There are special exceptions for those arriving from India, Morocco, or Southern Africa. And again, there are exemptions for essential travel too.)

Here is a brief intro about each one of Canada’s requirements.

 

Canada’s pre-entry test requirement

You can read our ultimate guide to Canada’s entry test requirement.

In short, travelers need to provide proof of a negative molecular test (PCRs and NAATs are the most common, but there are others) whether they are vaccinated or not (for now at least).

Rapid antigen tests are NOT accepted.

Those who were recently infected (last 14 to 180 days) are exempt. All kids under 5 are exempt. 

The test must be performed at most 72 hours before the scheduled departure of your direct flight to Canada (if arriving by air), or 72 hours before entering the country (if arriving by land).

I’ll explain it very clearly: If you are flying Miami-Newark-Toronto, it’s the time of the Newark-Toronto flight that counts. These are ENTRY rules, so it’s the flight that enters Canada that matters, nobody cares about any of the other flights!

It’s really very easy to find PCR tests literally anywhere in the world. Just Google “(city name) PCR test” and voila. I found one in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2 minutes and it’s far from being a very touristy place as you can imagine.

So it’s quite easy to find everywhere.

Prices for PCR tests vary wildly, mostly correlated with the cost of living in the country… but not always.

For example, one of the worst countries to travel to on a budget is the US… and tests are completely free there. France is a very expensive destination, but tests are just ≈ $50 there.

I paid $0, $0, $22, and $33 for my own PCR tests abroad… but in many expensive countries, you can expect it to cost $100, $150, or $200.

If you want to keep costs down:

  • It’s even more important than usual to prioritize countries where the cost of living is low
  • It’s even more important than usual to plan your trip and research which countries have affordable tests
  • It’s even more important than usual to make choices accordingly if traveling for less is important to you

In short, if you want to pay less for tests, it’s simple: Choose your destination based on test costs! It’s like if you want a spot where the airfares are cheap… it’s not time to look into that once you’ve chosen a destination: It has to be done before!

We will soon share an ultimate guide about COVID-19 testing in general and about getting tested abroad (subscribe for free to receive it first).

 

Canada’s arrival tests requirement

Unvaccinated Canadians need to undergo tests when arriving in Canada, on Day-1 and on Day-8. These tests are free of charge (or rather taxpayer-funded, like regular COVID-19 tests for all non-travelers in Canada, the ones responsible for 99% of cases for over a year).

On Day 1, it might be performed directly at the airport or at the land border but sometimes, a kit to self-administer the test at home is provided instead of doing it on the spot.

On Day 8, in most provinces, you will use a kit to self-administer the test at home (given to you on arrival), but in some regions, they require you to go to a pharmacy for the test.

You can watch my video about arrival testing in Canada (to see the self-test process visually as that has not changed, but the rules I explain at the beginning of the video have changed since).

 

Canada’s 14-day quarantine requirement

Unvaccinated Canadians need to quarantine for 14 days. This can be done at home for free. We can assure you that home visits to monitor this are still very common as of September 2021.

The hotel quarantine program, described as ineffective by the government’s own committee of experts many weeks ago (and by us literally since Day-1 because it was so obvious when looking at things factually and rationally instead of impulsively and emotionally) has been abolished entirely since August 9th.

Children under 12 traveling with fully vaccinated parents are exempt from the 14-day quarantine since August 9th, but with special conditions regarding group settings in effect: No summer camps, no daycare, and no school. This is NOT the same as a quarantine at all: During quarantine, you are not even allowed outside on the street in front of your house.

You can read our posts about:

 

Who is considered fully vaccinated

You do not need to be fully vaccinated to travel (for now), but many countries—including Canada—have stricter restrictions and requirements for unvaccinated travelers.

So it’s important to understand:

  • Who is considered fully vaccinated by Canada
  • Who is considered fully vaccinated by other countries

Here it is in an infographic.

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Who is considered fully vaccinated by Canada

Canada’s rules are the simplest part, since they’re the same for all travelers, no matter where you want to go.

It’s very simple:

  • You need to have been vaccinated with one of the 4 Health Canada-approved vaccines
    • Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
    • Others might be added to the list eventually
  • You need to have received all required doses
    • 2 doses for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca
    • 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • You need to have received the last required dose at least 14 days prior
    • You can leave Canada before
    • You only need to return 14 days after to be considered fully vaccinated
  • You need to have uploaded valid proof of your vaccination to the ArriveCan app
    • It must be in English, French, or with a certified translation
    • It can be a paper or digital version
  • You can have received your vaccine anywhere in the world
    • As long as you meet the above criteria

UPDATE: Starting November 30, the Sinopharm, Sinovac, and COVAXIN vaccines will be accepted by Canada with the same other conditions as above.

 

Who is considered fully vaccinated by other countries

Every country’s rules are different. For vaccination and for literally every Covid-19 travel rule.

Check our ultimate guide to countries open to Canadians for every country’s official COVID-19 information page to see the detailed requirements regarding vaccination.

But as a general rule of thumb, if you are considered fully vaccinated here in Canada… most countries will consider you fully vaccinated as well (but not necessarily all).

Always check, as some may require something more specific. Canada’s science about mixing vaccine types isn’t necessarily the same science as everywhere else, for example. But the US was the biggest risk on that front and they’re now going to approve mixed vaccines, so it’s pretty rare that it’s going to be an issue.

But you just don’t have the choice to check anyway for your destination.

Some countries exempt children from requirements even if they are not vaccinated, others don’t. Some countries require a longer delay after the last dose. Some countries only accept vaccines administered in certain countries. Some countries are bound to ask for 3 doses soon, and eventually why not 17 doses. Etc.

You have no choice but to check!

Overall…

Some countries have specific entry restrictions for unvaccinated Canadians:

  • 145 countries are open to unvaccinated Canadians
  • 167 countries are open to vaccinated Canadians

Many many countries have stricter testing requirements for unvaccinated Canadians:

  • 7 countries require no test for unvaccinated Canadians
  • 52 countries require no test for vaccinated Canadians

Many many countries have stricter quarantine requirements for unvaccinated Canadians:

  • 96 countries require no quarantine for unvaccinated Canadians
  • 135 countries require no quarantine for vaccinated Canadians

 

Preparing for a pandemic trip (testing, insurance, etc.)

Apart from checking the rules above (entry rules for your destination and entry rules for your return to Canada) and understanding them well with the tips in the next section, here are a few tips to prepare for a pandemic trip.

 

Booking trips during the pandemic

We will soon share a detailed section about what to know about booking trips (subscribe for free to receive it first).

We already have a free pandemic travel checklist available, but it will be revamped entirely soon (subscribe for free to receive it first).

 

Medical travel insurance

Pandemic or not, leaving Canada without medical travel insurance is irresponsible because even a minor incident can cost you literally tens of thousands of dollars.

Usually though, paying out-of-pocket for that is not very savvy either, since many of the best travel credit cards in Canada come with free medical travel insurance coverage.

(In addition to giving you hundreds of dollars in free travel as a welcome bonus if you choose the right ones, like up to ≈$1,157 in value with just one welcome bonus with the current record-high offer, the highest ever seen in Canada on a non-premium card.)

But Canada’s current global travel advisory voids many of those credit card insurance policies for the time being.

So you should check out 4 of our favorite COVID-19 medical travel insurance options, with SafetyWing being our top choice as the most affordable option. But we’ll soon share a more in-depth comparison of all your options.

For example, many plans also cover the cost of a quarantine abroad.

 

See the COVID-19 situation in each country

The easiest way to see the infection rates is to open your Google Maps app and activate the “COVID-19 Info” layer.

Access the layers (image credit: Google Maps)

 

You will see the rolling average of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants from official sources.

There’s a simple color code and it shows whether it is trending up or down.

Map of cases in Europe (image credit: Google Maps)

 

Alternatively, you can look at sites like Worldometers that track the situation with data.

Note that the number of cases in and of itself is not necessarily a very useful measure if the population of the country you are going to is fully vaccinated and at low risk for severe forms of the disease. And not all countries report the statistics accurately too.

 

Getting tested before leaving Canada

Hopefully, you’ve now understood that you don’t necessarily need to get tested before leaving Canada: Canada does not require anything to exit, and airlines either (except Etihad).

But if your destination (or transit) country requires a pre-entry test, you’ll need to get tested in Canada.

We will soon have a complete guide to finding the cheapest testing option in every province (subscribe for free to receive it first).

(Feel free to share your data points in the comments if you have any, to help out your fellow travelers.)

In the meantime, Walmart has rapid antigen tests for $19.97 in Ontario and Alberta. Shoppers Drug Mart has them for $40 in the same provinces, but also PCR tests for $150 in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario ($199 in Saskatchewan).

Some provinces might even allow you to use public testing sites (however, for example here in Québec, Government rules indicate that public testing sites cannot be used for travel).

If you are in Toronto, tests are relatively affordable directly at the Pearson airport (YYZ). Others can try to plan a transit there, for countries with antigen requirements at least, and get tested for just $60 (results in 30 minutes). Express PCRs are $250 (results in 6 hours) and regular PCRs are $140 (results in 12 to 24 hours).

For antigen testing, that’s almost 3 times less than at Montreal’s airport (YUL) at $149 for example. That is quite a scam because that is the price of the more expensive PCR version in Toronto (that one is a frankly appalling $299 at Montreal’s airport).

In our home province of Québec, we can recommend Go Test Rapide (use promo code FLYTRIPPERS for $5 off) which will cost you just $70 for antigen tests on Montreal Island, in Saint-Laurent just a few highway exits from the airport. And is very user-friendly with online appointments and a very efficient process on-location (drive-through).

There’s also Cliniques Lacroix in Laval, Québec, and Gatineau for $59 antigen tests if you like talking on the phone like it’s 2001 and if the locations are convenient for you; it’s the cheapest. But there is limited availability.

For PCRs, Lilium has the lowest price at $99 with same-day results (located in Laval).

 

International travel starter pack

This is unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic specifically, but Flytrippers will soon publish our best recommendations and our must-haves for international travel, by popular demand (subscribe for free to receive it first).

It will allow you to stop paying an extra 2.5% on everything you buy while traveling and save a lot on ATM fees.

 

Understanding entry rules

While entry restrictions and entry requirements may all look similar, there are many things to look out for.

It’s vital to carefully read all the details of your destination’s rules to avoid surprises.

 

Entry restrictions

In most countries, your magic booklet (AKA your passport) determines whether you can enter. (Which makes very little sense since you might have been in a completely different country for weeks or months… and which imaginary lines you happened to be in when you got your passport is not really relevant scientifically at all).

Other countries base their entry restrictions on where you have been for the 14 or so previous days (including transits—or not). Others have a nationality-based restriction AND special additional restrictions based on where you have been.

Some territories or regions within a country might have their own stricter restrictions (Thailand is the best-known example, with only Phuket island being open to foreigners).

Finally, rules for arrivals by air are almost always different than rules for arrivals by land. The kicker: there is absolutely no official standardized database of land border rules (unlike for rules by air, which we use for our list of countries open to Canadians by air).

And of course, some entry restrictions depend on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

 

Testing requirements

There are pre-entry tests (very common) and arrival tests (much less common).

There are 2 main types of COVID-19 tests: molecular and antigen. Molecular tests are most often known as PCR tests; antigen tests are most often known as rapid tests. Antigen tests are the least expensive, the least lengthy for results, and the least invasive.

Some countries accept rapid antigen tests, others don’t. Many accept both, often with different allowed timelines for each (for example 72 hours for PCR or 48 hours for antigen).

Some countries give you 72 hours, while others give you more (or less). Some countries count back from the time of departure of your last flight to the country, others count from the scheduled arrival into the country… some even count back from the time of your first embarkation.

Some countries have stricter testing requirements if you arrive from (or have been in) specific countries. Some countries require you to do another test if you transit somewhere for more than 24 hours (very rare).

Some countries require you to have specific labs do the test or require a mandatory QR code on the test results (both very rare). Some require you to upload the results before your flight.

Requirements for children are like everything else: Every country is different.

Some territories or regions within a country might have their own stricter test requirements (with Hawaii as the prime example in the USA).

As for arrival tests, you might need to prebook and prepay them in certain countries. Sometimes you can replace the pre-entry test with an arrival test.

And again, many countries will exempt you from tests if you are fully vaccinated.

 

Quarantine requirements

Some countries require mandatory quarantine periods, some require you to prebook specific hotels for your quarantine.

Some require quarantine only while awaiting the results of an arrival test, and some offer ways to test out of your quarantine.

Some countries have stricter quarantine requirements if you arrive from (or have been in) specific countries.

And of course, many countries will exempt you from quarantine if you are fully vaccinated.

 

Other requirements

The most common other requirement is more administrative: Filling out a health form or “passenger locator form” before your flight or before arrival. You might need to download an app.

A few countries require proof of medical travel insurance. A few countries might require proof of pre-booked hotels even if there is no quarantine, while others have only a select list of hotels you are allowed to stay at during your stay even if there is no quarantine.

 

FAQs about pandemic travel

We are working on a massive FAQ page with over 60 very frequently asked questions about traveling during the pandemic (subscribe for free to receive it first).

 

Canada’s 3 other travel measures

Here are a few other measures that aren’t as important but that you might want to know about.

 

Special rules for those arriving from India and Morocco

There are 2 countries that have had a special rule regarding the pre-departure test requirement to enter Canada for a while.

First, Morocco.

If you are flying direct from Morocco to Canada, your test must be done by a laboratory certified by the government of Morocco specifically. This does not apply for transits through Morocco (including our deal to Dubai at $190 roundtrip).

If you take an indirect flight like Morocco-(other country)-Canada, your test must be done in the other country during your stopover and not in Morocco.

Next, India.

If you are flying direct from India to Canada, your test must be done at the Genestrings lab at the Delhi airport (DEL) within 18 hours before your flight departure time.

If you take an indirect flight like India-(other country)-Canada, your test must be done in the other country during your stopover and not in India.

The Morocco measure is in effect since August 28th. The India changes were just implemented on September 27th. A previous suspension for Pakistan ended on June 21st. A similar voluntary suspension of flights to the Caribbean and Mexico (major coronavirus hotspots—just kidding) also ended in June, as did one for the UK in January.

 

Special rules for those arriving from southern Africa

New rules were just announced for those who have been to certain southern African countries in the 14 days before entering Canada.

The 7 countries affected are:

  • South Africa
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe

For Canadian travelers who were there in the past 14 days, a 14-day quarantine is now mandatory, regardless of vaccination status. And the pre-departure test required must be completed in the transit country.

For foreign travelers who were there in the past 14 days, entry into Canada is no longer allowed for non-essential reasons.

 

Global travel advisory

UPDATE: Advisory lifted!

Here is one that is not an actual rule at all. Many often seem to confuse this measure with actual restrictions. 

The Canadian government has issued an advisory against all non-essential international travel.

This is not binding in any way: it is not a law, rule, or ban. It is merely a recommendation that travelers can choose to follow or not, just like you could follow—or not follow—the government’s recommendations to avoid some countries before the pandemic (which were already known as overly alarmist, by the way).

The advisory has no concrete impact on Canadian travelers’ ability to travel, although it does void some travel insurance coverage—but not all.

 

International flights NOTAM

A NOTAM, or a “Notice to Airmen”, is essentially a rule for air traffic.

For a while, Transport Canada restricted all international flights (except those carrying politicians, who don’t have to follow the same rules as us ordinary people) to only 4 airports in Canada:

  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Calgary (YYC)

But since August 9th, 5 airports have been added:

  • Ottawa (YOW)
  • Québec City (YQB)
  • Halifax (YHZ)
  • Winnipeg (YWG)
  • Edmonton (YEG)

At this point, this measure frankly doesn’t change much for Canadian travelers, as a vast majority of international commercial flights already depart from those 9 airports anyway.

 

Traveling safely and responsibly during the pandemic

It’s worth repeating that, of course, traveling definitely can be done safely and responsibly—even if we’ve always strongly recommended evaluating every risk based on your own personal situation with our free pandemic travel checklist.

We want to give you all the information for you to take every factor into consideration. We want to make sure that if you do decide to travel, that we can help you do it safely and responsibly (and as always at Flytrippers: for less).

 

What it’s like to travel during the pandemic

Last summer and fall, we shared a very detailed look at what it was like to travel in Greece and to travel in Turkey during the coronavirus pandemic.

We will very soon update our point of view about each aspect of the travel experience with our knowledge from the many many additional trips we’ve taken since, and we’ll summarize it here (subscribe for free to receive it first).

Here are the aspects we will cover:

  • What is different than pre-pandemic trips
  • How to check what is open and closed in a country
  • How welcoming the locals are
  • What the coronavirus rules are
  • What it’s like to enter and go through customs
  • What it’s like to fly
  • What it’s like in terms of budget
  • What it’s like in hotels/hostels
  • What it’s like for rental cars/taxis/buses/trains/subways
  • What it’s like to book and plan the trip

 

Rules to enter Canada as a foreigner

Apart from the many exemptions I’ll get to in a second, Canada has had entry restrictions for all foreigners since March 2020. This entry restriction does not apply for transits: Foreigners can fly through Canada to another country.

However, fully vaccinated foreigners have finally been allowed into Canada since this summer:

  • August 9th for Americans
  • September 7th for all others

Here is the section that explains who is considered fully vaccinated by Canada.

Now, if you are an eligible foreigner visiting Canada for leisure, you have just one requirement: Provide proof of a negative molecular pre-entry test.

Here is the section that explains how Canada’s pre-entry test requirement works.

If you are traveling with children under 12 (who cannot be vaccinated), here is the section that explains the special quarantine rules that apply.

If you are not fully vaccinated, eligible reasons for foreigners to enter Canada include the following (some of these exemptions for trips considered essential require prior authorization):

  • Working in Canada
  • Moving of essential goods or people (air crew, train crew, marine crew, truck driver)
  • Some international students
  • Invited by the Government of Canada
  • Compassionate reasons (for funerals, providing care to someone who is critically ill or has a valid medical reason for needing support)
  • Receiving medical care within 36 hours of entering Canada (unrelated to COVID-19)

You can see the detailed exemptions on the government’s official website.

 

Current exemptions to Canada’s entry requirements

If you are not traveling for leisure, some special circumstances can exempt you from certain testing and quarantine requirements:

  • Amateur sports
  • Crew members and armed forces
  • Cross-border workers and trans-border communities
  • Diplomatic visas
  • Drivers – Essential services
  • Essential services – trade, technicians, emergency…
  • Funerals, compassionate travel, and caring for others
  • Medical and health care
  • People who require support for mental or physical conditions
  • Students, cross-border students, and people driving them
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Other special circumstances

You can see the detailed exemptions on the government’s official website.

 

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Summary

Canadians can travel during the coronavirus pandemic, and Flytrippers is here to help you do so.

What do you want to know about pandemic travel? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 64/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Aileen

    Glad to find out about this website.
    question
    1) son retuning from school in USA; lands in Canadian city but then needs to fly on to another city in same province. This flight is dec 9, 2021. Will this be an issue with new rules around “vaccination requirement” for flying inside Canada post nov 30, 2021?

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      According to the rules posted on the government website, he won’t be able to take a connecting flight if he is not vaccinated. Will update the post with this new info shortly.

  2. Dana

    Thanks for getting back to me Andrew. I am a US citizen so that won’t be an issue. The problem is in France I am considered fully vaccinated and my doctor said it’s not sure I will be able to get a second dose. Crazy that countries have not harmonized their policies on this.
    Was very glad to learn about your advice on Walgreen NAAT/PCR tests ! Going to save my family a a serious amount.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Okay good haha just didn’t want you to get a bad surprise when trying to board to the US! Yeah, well it’s all a mess and basically, countries have harmonized absolutely nothing in fact. Hopefully you can try to get a 2nd dose :S And glad we can help with Walgreens, it is really a big amount of money to save for sure:)

  3. Dana

    Andrew, thank you for your excellent article. Only by reading it did I realize I am apparently not considered “fully vaccinated” according to Canadian rules. I live in France and when you have had Covid (this is my case) they only give you one shot (I had Pfizer) not two. I have a “EU pass sanitaire” which states I am fully vaccinated but with only 1 dose. However, it appears this will not be accepted there either (I will be arriving in YUL). I am allowed to enter as my children are Canadian residents and I will be coming from the US by air. Are you 100% certain that only one dose is not considered fully vaccinated as I had another friend in Ottawa who was given only 1 dose as she had had Covid as well and they considered her “vaccinated”. Thanks in advance for your precious tips.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, unfortunately, Canada’s rules are very clear: You need to have had both doses, there is no exemption for those who’ve been infected. However, there has always been an exemption if your infection was in the past 90 days (vaccinated or not), which is maybe what your friend’s situation was?
      Do you have American citizenship? If not you are not allow to enter the US if you’ve been in Europe in the past 14 days :S

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