- Countries Affected
- Pre-Travel Measures
After the onset of the latest variant of the Coronavirus, called Omicron, the Canadian government has implemented several restrictions on international travel from several countries.
These restrictions affected travellers to Canada from 10 African countries, including Egypt, Botswana, Eswatini, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Foreigners who have visited any of these listed countries within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Canada.
These restrictions will also affect Canadians who are travelling back to the Great White North from any of these countries. There is a temporary relief in place for them, which allows them to get their testing done in South Africa.
The country has also restarted the on-arrival testing and quarantine measures. The transport minister, Omar Alghabra, sent out a tweet saying, “Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is our priority. We have measures to prevent the importation of COVID-19, including Omicron.
“In addition to the test to be taken 72 hours before coming to Canada, here are the different scenarios after arriving at the border,” he added and attached the following:
The federal government’s website offers an online tool to help foreigners find out if they are allowed to enter Canada. This web tool does not guarantee entry into the country, though, which can only be decided on by the border officer.
If the officer determines that you must self-isolate, you will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine, regardless of the vaccination status. Moreover, only the following vaccines will be accepted:
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)