Travel Guide 2021/22: Canada

The Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) is a free and secure way to prove your COVID-19 vaccination history when you travel overseas. It is a great benefit to have your vaccination confirmation linked to your phone, as well as your passport. To obtain your ICVC, we recommend the method via the ‘Express Plus Medicare mobile app’.

CANADA – as of 27th October 2021

Important: This guide contains the latest available information at the time of production. Before you travel, you must double-check the current rules and how this relates to your circumstances. It is entirely the responsibility of you and those in your travelling party to comply with the latest government requirements, which as we have seen may also change suddenly and without notice.

COVID-19 testing for travel clearance purposes is generally conducted at private pathology clinics only. Charges apply for COVID-19 testing services for travel.

ARRIVING TO CANADA – Requirements as a fully vaccinated traveller
Travellers can be eligible to enter Canada if fully vaccinated. If you qualify, you also do not have to do on-arrival testing unless elected for a mandatory randomised test.

Summary of requirements to qualify:

Double-vacinated • accepted vaccines include Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac
• vaccination status must be shown in either a paper or digital format, prior to boarding a flight to the US
Children under 18 years of age are exempted
Negative PCR test  • travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of a COVID-19 negative molecular test result to enter Canada
the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
Quarantine plan • you must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you don’t meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller (e.g. have signs or symptoms of COVID-19)
• a suitable quarantine plan must be entered into ArriveCAN
ArriveCAN • you must use ArriveCAN, which is free to use, to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information up to 72 hours before your travel.
this is additional to the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) you need, visit
Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age • must be accompanied by travellers are fully vaccinated
• must follow all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests (unless under the age of 5)
• do not need to quarantine as long as they follow the public health requirements outlined in the handout provided at the border

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Canada, you will be required to follow the local public health requirements (e.g. self-isolation).

RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA – Requirements for ‘Australia Travel Declaration’,
pre-departure test and potential quarantine

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE The government’s Smartraveller website has released a helpful step-by-step guide that covers the above key topics and more.