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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Unvaccinated children under 12 years can travel to Canada


Unvaccinated children under 12 years can travel to Canada

Children under 12 years can travel to or from Canada being unvaccinated and without getting a COVID-19 test.


However, while travelling to Canada, parents whose children just turned 12 sometimes do not have enough time to provide vaccination to their children and find it difficult to decide how and when to travel.

According to the travel requirements implemented by the government of Canada, there is a 4-month exemption period for children turning 12, which allows them to travel without getting vaccinated. In addition, this period gives children enough time to receive both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Also, all existing pre-boarding and health requirements for passengers remain in place, including health check questions and masks inside airports and rail terminals, as well as on board planes and trains. However, all passengers are required to wear a mask throughout their travel journey except when eating, drinking, or taking oral medication, or unless otherwise exempt.


Some of these exemptions include:

  • children under 6 years old

  • people who are unable to remove the mask without assistance

  • people who provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason

It is important to know that if you qualify as fully vaccinated, a COVID-19 test is not needed to board a flight or train in Canada unless you’re flying to a country that requires it.


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