Not an April Fools Joke!

Starting today, April 1, fully vaccinated travelers coming to Canada no longer require a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test to enter Canada. This announcement comes amid calls for loosening of the strict travel restrictions due to stable COVID-19 case counts. Fully vaccinated travelers are those who have received at least two doses of an accepted vaccine (consult the Government list to find out which vaccines qualify: or at least one does of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Travelers are still required to fill out the ArriveCan app, using the most up to date version of the app, prior to arriving and may still be selected for random testing upon arrival. If selected, they may be given a take-home test, or sent to a nurse if arriving at an airport. Travelers collect tests or go for swabs, then continue on to their final destinations. There is a limited number of exemptions to the post arrival testing, which you may be eligible for.

It is important to also remember that United States rules are different, and travelers returning to US by air still need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

The reprieve from pre arrival testing may be temporary, as there is already news of a 6th COVID-19 wave and climbing infection rates. The situation is in constant flux.

If you would like to meet with one of our Canadian immigration law professionals to discuss your specific circumstances and potential strategies, we are happy to advise. Our legal professionals can be reached by phone (416 368 1111) or via email:;;;;;;;;