What to know about travelling to Canada from Australia during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians travelling to Canada.

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Home to the renowned Niagara Falls and mountain-view lakeside bliss, Canada has a lot more to offer Australian tourists than just fantastic maple syrup.

We answer your niggling question on whether Australians can travel to Canada right now, and if we've missed any, feel free to ask us in the comments box below.

Can I travel from Australia to Canada?

Leisure travel between Australia and Canada is permitted as of 7 September —but only for those who meet strict entry requirements.

Specifically, these are as follows:

  • Fully-vaccinated Australian travellers
  • Canadian residents and citizens
  • A person registered under the Indian Act
  • To reunite with a family member who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, person registered under the Indian act or temporary resident of Canada
  • A person seeking refuge
  • A foreign national with a non-discretionary (non-optional) reason to travel to Canada and who is not displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Certain family members and loved ones on compassionate grounds
  • Trade and commerce reasons
  • Some international students
  • Some approved permanent residents
  • Diplomats and their immediate families
  • Air and maritime crew members
  • French citizens living in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and have only been to Canada, the US or  Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the past 14 days
  • Essential service workers
  • Authorised international single sport event personnel

Latest information for Canada

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When can I travel to Canada? When will the Canada borders open?

As of 7 September, fully-vaccinated Australian travellers can enter Canada quarantine-free — they must return a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight.

Australians should note that Canada opened its border to the U.S from 9 August 2021.

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Are there any exemptions for travelling to Canada?

Yes, cross-border travel is permitted for Aussies who are also Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act as well as their direct family members.

Foreign nationals from Australia with non-optional reasons to enter the country, family members with compassionate reasons, trade and commerce professionals, essential service workers can also apply for an exemption to enter Canada.

Can I travel to Canada if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

Yes, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may repatriate back into Canada from Australia, even if you are presenting symptoms of COVID-19.

Any Australian with a Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR) letter who is still waiting for residency may also be allowed to enter.

What are the entry requirements for Canada coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit to enter Canada?

All travellers from Australia must complete a federal ArriveCAN application to enter Canada.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

From 5 July 2021, Canadian citizens and residents returning from Australia need to show proof of being fully vaccinated if they wish to avoid quarantine upon arrival. Everyone else do not need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter Canada from Australia.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for Canada?

When entering Canada from Australia, you'll need proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test result (PCR-LAMP) prior to boarding, and taken 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure to Canada.

Aussies who present symptoms of COVID-19 or are COVID-19 positive will not be allowed into the country.

Only citizens, permanent residents, those registered under the Indian Act and protected persons can enter from Australia with COVID-19 symptoms. When you do, you must:

  • Isolate immediately for 14 days.
  • Organise this yourself and meet the government's requirements.
  • If you are unable to organise a suitable location you will be sent to a government-approved hotel accommodation.
Even with proof of a negative test, all arrivals from Australia will be retested for COVID-19 and must go into quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from Australia to Canada:

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