The federal government is collaborating with provinces and territories to develop a proof of vaccination that will facilitate cross-border travel, while reducing the risk of spread and importation of COVID-19.
The plan is based on advice from public health officials with priority placed on the safety and security of all Canadians.
“Thanks to the incredible progress that Canadians have made, our country is reopening — gradually (and) cautiously,” says Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “This means that many Canadians are contemplating doing something they haven’t done in over a year and a half: travelling.”
While the federal government still advises against non-essential travel worldwide, it does recognize that proof of vaccination credentials will support the re-opening of societies and economies; hence, the move.
Currently, there is no international consensus on an acceptable proof of vaccination. Because of this, even with Canada’s vaccination ‘passport,’ other countries will decide if or what type of proof is required and any related benefits, such as reduced/no testing or quarantine requirements.
Canadians who do not have a proof of vaccination can travel outside the country but they may have to quarantine or meet other requirements at their destination country. They will also be subject to mandatory quarantine and testing upon return to Canada.
Travellers can submit their proof of vaccination in ArriveCan (mobile app or website) when coming back to Canada. While the focus is on a digital proof of vaccination, the government is making sure these documents are accessible for all Canadians who may need to use them.
Domestically, the federal government intends to require vaccination this fall for air and train travel, as well as cruises. The reasons for the mandate is to protect the country’s broader public health. For those who are unable to be vaccinated, accommodation or alternative measures, such as testing and screening, may be determined in each situation.