Travel advice for your trip to Canada

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Travelling to Canada in 2021

On 7th September 2021, Canada opened to fully vaccinated travellers from the UK without the need to quarantine on arrival. It was also added to the UK Government’s list of ‘green’ countries on 30th August. 

Read on for further details of the requirements for visiting.

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We've created this detailed travel guide for Canada, which is continually updated, to help you in the planning stage.

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Our team will help you navigate the requirements from clarifying entry rules to talking you through the testkit websites and we’ll pay for 50% of your testing requirements.

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Our Flexibility Promise has been designed to provide a cushion around uncertainty giving you the reassurance to book.

What is the procedure for travelling to Canada?

You’ll need to adhere to rules set by both the UK and Canadian governments as well as any specific rules in place within individual provinces. Speak to our Travel Specialists about your specific plans and if there are provincial variations in addition to the below.

Before departing the UK

  • You need to pre-order your return to England Covid-19 test so that you can take this whilst in Canada as it needs to be done within the 3 days before you return to England. And you will also need to pre-order your PCR test to take on Day 2 of your return to England. For full details read below ‘What are the requirements on return to the UK from Canada?’
  • If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 you will need to demonstrate this status on arrival in Canada. To do this you must upload proof of vaccine status to the ArriveCAN app no later than 72 hours prior to departure.
    • The ArriveCAN app can be download from the App Store or Google Play to your mobile or tablet.
    • We recommend you don’t download the app too soon as it is likely to be updated.
  • All travellers must have a back-up plan in place to allow for 14 days quarantine on arrival in case they don’t meet all entry requirements. This can be the hotel you are booked to stay in on your first night, as long as there is availability and the hotel can provide room service. Motorhomes are NOT permitted.
  • Travellers must present a negative PCR Covid-19 test before boarding the flight to Canada, which must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure. The tests cost £40 and Discover the World will cover 50% (£20) of this test. Providers include Qured, Medicspot and Randox. It is your choice and your responsibility which supplier you choose to use, but we would advise that you only use a test provider that is on the Gov.uk approved list.
  • Once you have entered your details into ArriveCAN it will generate a receipt, which will need to be shown on arrival in Canada.

Upon arrival in Canada

  • From 7 September, fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK can enter Canada without having to quarantine provided you present the ArriveCAN receipt showing proof of vaccination, quarantine plan and pre-entry PCR test results.
    • Accepted vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
    • Your proof of a negative PCR test (may be paper or electronic) and must include:
      Traveller name and date of birth
      Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
      The date on which the test was conducted
      The type of test conducted
      The test result
  • Entry is also permitted for those who have recovered from COVID-19 during the last six months and can provide verifiable documentation using the ArriveCAN app.
  • Unvaccinated children (under 12) can enter Canada if travelling with fully-vaccinated parents but must follow all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests (unless under the age of 5).
  • Passengers who have not been fully vaccinated or are without the ArriveCAN receipt must  quarantine for 14 days in a designated hotel.

What are the requirements on return to the UK from Canada?

As Canada is on the UK Government list of ‘Green’ countries, you do not need to self-isolate on your return to England.

  • You will need to take a pre-departure test. This can be a lateral-flow test but needs to meet performance standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load as specified by Gov.uk. You cannot use one of the NHS lateral-flow tests so you should pre-order this test from one of the government approved UK test providers to take with you to Canada. Qured and Collinson are two example test providers. At the time of ordering your test with them you should also book a video consultation for authentication of your test results. Another approved test provider is Medicspot. You do not need to book a video appointment with them, you just need to send them a photograph of your test results and they will send you a same-day doctor-signed-certificate. These test costs between £39 & £45. As a member of AITO we have negotiated a 10% discount with Qured. Enter the promo code: AITO10 if purchasing your test from Qured. Discover the World will cover 50% (£23) of the cost of the pre-departure test for our clients. This will be in the form of a discount on your holiday. This test will need to be taken within the 3 days before you arrive back in England. Please note that this is just one of many suppliers of antigen tests. It is your choice and your responsibility which supplier you choose to use, but we would advise that you only use a test provider that is on the Gov.uk approved list.
  • You need to take a PCR test after you arrive in England on day two. You’ll need to book this before you travel. When you make your booking you should receive a test reference number. You will need this number to enter on to the online form that you need to complete before you return to the UK.
  • Discover the World will cover 50% (£22) of the cost of this PCR test for our clients.

For full details and to see regional variations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, visit https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

You will also need to fill in an online form to provide your journey and contact details before your return journey. You cannot submit this form until 48 hours before your arrival time in the UK. You will need your PCR test reference number to complete this form.

 

Where can I obtain a PCR test?

As a member of AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) we have negotiated a discount with Randox Health who have agreed the reduced price of £43 (reduction from £48) per PCR for Discover the World clients. You will need to quote AITO43 to claim the discount. Please note that this is just one of many suppliers of PCR tests. It is your choice and your responsibility which supplier you choose to use, but we would advise that you only use a test provider that is on the Gov.uk approved list. Discover the World will cover 50% (£22) of the cost of this PCR test for our clients. This will be in the form of a discount on your holiday.

 

What do I need to prepare when planning a trip to Canada with the current Covid-19 situation?

Before you travel, you should check the details of your travel insurance carefully to ensure that you are covered for Covid-19 illness should you be unable to travel, and the cover for any medical treatment abroad. Contact your insurer if you are uncertain. You may need to consider a specialist policy. We can recommend a comprehensive travel insurance policy that provides extensive Covid-19 cover for medical, cancellation and curtailment.

 

Is everything in Canada open?

Yes, though social distancing and hand hygiene are advised.

 

Do I need to wear a face mask in Canada?

Face masks are required whilst using public transport in Canada, though regional variations may apply.

 

What happens if I think I have Covid-19 symptoms while on holiday in Canada?

If you start having COVID-19 symptoms you must immediately:

  • Contact the local public health authority and follow their directions, including isolation
  • Report your symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343

You must provide proof of your test results, if asked, to any federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government official.

 

What if my plans change?

In these unpredictable times our Flexibility Promise means you can book a trip to Canada knowing that should you need to change your plans you can. You can also keep track of the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) via our Travel Updates page.

 

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