CANADA – Restrictions for international travellers entering Canada will ease Tuesday, Sept. 7, allowing those who have been fully vaccinated with both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival to enter the country without isolation requirements.

Visitors will also have to show a negative COVID-19 test done no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, and fill out all required paperwork via the ArriveCAN app.

Health Canada recognizes Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and the AstraZeneca vaccines.

Direct flights from India continue to be banned until Tuesday, Sept. 21.

As of the evening of Monday, Sept. 6, Halifax Stanfield Airport had not updated it’s travel information to reflect the removal of restrictions, but Toronto Pearson Airport released a statement which advises those departing on domestic flights to arrive a minimum of 90 minutes early, and international departure travellers should arrive a minimum of three hours prior to their flight, and to expect some delays while going through check-in.

For those arriving from outside Canada, the statement tells travellers to expect the process of arrival to “take three hours or longer depending on your specific set of circumstances.”

The U.S. maintains its travel restrictions for Canadians entering the country; only essential travel via the Canada/U.S. land border into the states is permitted, with the U.S. State Department citing a “high level of COVID-19” in our country.

Unvaccinated travellers remain subject to self-isolation on arrival in Canada.

For further details on arriving in Canada, click here.

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