What CAA Members need to know about COVID-19.
Travel outside of Canada.
New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected. Contact your CAA Travel Consultant to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.
If you are considering travelling or are already outside of Canada:
- Get the latest Government of Canada travel advisory
- Check your destination’s safety and security, entry/exit requirements and health sections here
- Get the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19
- Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice for the latest travel requirements, and check lists of what to do before you travel, during your travel, travelling back to Canada, and upon arrival in Canada
- Find out what commercial options are available to return to Canada. Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited
- Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted
- Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19. Find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of Canada
- Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home
Travel between Canada and the United States.
Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travellers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. In addition, fully vaccinated foreign nationals travelling for tourism or other non-essential reasons may enter the United States at land ports of entry (POE) and ferry terminals.
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
Land border restrictions for travel to the United States remain in effect through January 21, 2022 and may be extended. Effective November 8, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign travellers will be able to travel to the United States across the Canadian border. Travellers who enter the United States at land POEs and ferry terminals do not require proof of a negative test. Please visit the Department of Homeland Security webpages for fact sheets and frequently asked questions.
Travellers coming from various countries who are not American citizens or permanent residents may be subject to an entry ban. This is also valid for travellers in transit. If you are a Canadian-American dual-national citizen travelling by air from the US to Canada, you should bring your valid Canadian passport to board your flight. While Canadian-American dual-nationals have been able to fly between the US and Canada on their American passports, some travellers have been denied boarding even with a proof of Canadian citizenship.If you are currently travelling in the United States:
- Expect longer wait time at border crossing points
- Comply with any restrictive measures and directives issued by local authorities such as self-isolation and quarantine orders
- Get the latest information by visiting the U.S. Embassy website
COVID-19: Cruise ship travel.
On March 7, 2022, Global Affairs Canada removed the Level 4 Travel Advisory regarding cruise trips outside of Canada.
COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada and internationally. The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread easily between people in close quarters on board ships, and the chance of being infected with COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
For the latest information and requirements, refer to the following: COVID-19 Cruise ship travel.
If an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs on your cruise ship:
- You could be subject to mandatory testing and quarantine procedures onboard the ship or in a foreign country
- The range of consular services available on cruise ships may be significantly restricted by local authorities, especially in situations of quarantine
- The cost of required medical care could be very high and you may need to pay your medical bills upfront or immediately after treatment
- The Government of Canada won’t pay your medical bills, including COVID-19 related expenses or medical evacuation
If you choose to travel on a cruise ship outside of Canada:
- Buy travel health insurance before leaving
- Make sure you are covered for COVID-19-related medical expenses, and other unplanned events such as trip cancellation and trip interruption
- Ensure that your passport is valid beyond the duration of your trip as you may not be able to obtain a new document easily
- Review the entry requirements and exemptions before returning to Canada
- The Government of Canada will not offer assistance to change your travel plans
Click here for more information on preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships.
For information on domestic cruises and passenger vessels, refer to the following: COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance for marine transportation issued by Transport Canada