The Government of Canada confirmed today they will be lifting all COVID-19 related travel restrictions this coming weekend. Effective October 1, 2022, the rules and restrictions that have been in place for roughly two and a half years will no longer apply.
Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:
- submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
- provide proof of vaccination;
- undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
- carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.
Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to:
- undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
- wear masks on planes and trains.
In addition to the above, requirements for cruises are also being lifted:
Cruise measures are also being lifted, and travellers will no longer be required to have pre-board tests, be vaccinated, or use ArriveCAN. A set of guidelines will remain to protect passengers and crew, which will align with the approach used in the United States.
The removal of these travel measures essentially brings us back to the point where we were for travel up to February 2020. Any provincial or municipal requirements however must still be followed by travellers and the government does recommend wearing a mask during travel.