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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Updates on Canada’s border measures and requirements

Updated: Jan 13



On December 10, 2021, the government of Canada updated border measures and requirements in response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant.


As of now, all fully vaccinated individuals who have been in any country other than Canada and the United States in the 14 days before their entry to Canada may be selected for testing upon arrival. Those who have positive test results will have to quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. They will be allowed to take public transportation to their place of quarantine.


The government will also increase the number of travelers selected for testing to 100% in the coming weeks. Unvaccinated travelers over 12 years do not require to be quarantined when entering Canada if they meet the conditions below:

  • have a medical contraindication for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, and

  • comply with the public health measures outlined in the handout provided to them at the border

Even if you are exempt from quarantine, there are strict requirements you must follow. Therefore, you must:

  • always wear a mask when in public spaces

  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada

  • monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19

If your reason for entering Canada may fall under an exemption, you may still have to follow certain provincial and territorial restrictions depending on your destination. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to ensuring the safety and security of Canadians.


Before you arrive in Canada, find out what you need to do and get informed and understand your duties as a traveler. Be aware that if you haven’t been in any of the 10 South African countries within the last 14 days, you may still be able to enter Canada.

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