If you are traveling to Canada, you will need to prepare for the necessary quarantine requirements. In some cases, you can get exemptions from these requirements, such as if you are fully vaccinated or have a specific medical condition. If you are unsure about your health, you can search for exemptions by keywords, personal circumstances, or Chief Public Health Officer group exemptions. There are also strict requirements for travel to Canada with a child.
A birth certificate is required for entry into Canada for children under the age of sixteen. For those who are between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, you may travel with a birth certificate. However, if you are accompanied by an adult, you will need to have a phone number and written permission from their legal guardian to travel with them. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be refused entry to Canada.
You should also consider the COVID-19 risk while traveling to Canada. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Canada because of the high incidence rate of Covid-19, the federal government has made Canada an exception to this rule. In the case of travelers from the United States, it is okay to travel to Canada for leisure purposes. There are, however, some precautions to consider.
For COVID-19 vaccination, travellers should check with Health Canada for more details. Vaccination records must be current and up-to-date. A person who has two doses of the vaccine accepted for travel must have the second dose at least 14 days before entering Canada. Vaccination records must be in English or French, and must be certified. The traveler should also have an appropriate medical exemption to travel to Canada. A medical exemption does not qualify as a valid exemption for travellers without proof of vaccination.
For children under the age of 18 years old, there are some additional vaccination requirements. Unvaccinated children must undergo a pre-entry, arrival, and Day-8 test. Asymptomatic travellers who do not have a medical contraindication against the COVID-19 vaccine are not required to undergo quarantine. They must also comply with certain measures during their stay in Canada. These requirements vary from province to province, but should be followed if you are traveling with a child.
The government of Canada recommends that travelers fully vaccinated travellers visit the CDC website 72 hours prior to arrival. The CDC also recommends that travellers should use ArriveCAN 72 hours before departure. In addition, travelers with children under 12 are not required to provide a valid pre-entry test results. However, travellers with children under five are not required to take the test. It is still important to check the regulations with local authorities before departure.
The Canadian Government has announced temporary border restrictions that will extend through September 7-2021. Travelers who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from these requirements, but those who are not fully vaccinated must still quarantine in a safe place until they receive a negative test result. This requirement is being gradually phased out at the various ports of entry. This is a significant development for travellers who are planning to visit Canada.