Frequently Asked Questions - Travel
Frequently Asked Questions listing everything you need to know to about travelling to Canada and Prince Edward Island for VetHealth Global to be hosted in Charlottetown, PEI October 25 - 27, 2021.
Updated as of September 8, 2021.
Traveling to Canada
Am I eligible to travel to Canada?
As of September 7, all foreign nationals who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated are eligible to travel to Canada and attend VetHealth Global 2021.
How do I know if I’m qualified as fully vaccinated?
To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you must:
- be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter
- have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
- have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
- have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
- Example: if your last dose was anytime on Saturday, October 9, then Sunday, October 24 would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition
- upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- Meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)
What steps do I need to follow when planning my trip to Canada?
As of September 7, if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must also follow these requirements:
- Pre-entry test result requirements: All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter Canada. Visit the Government of Canada website for full list of approved tests.
- Quarantine plan in case you don’t qualify for the exemption: You must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you are symptomatic or don’t meet the requirements for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.
- Proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN app: You must use ArriveCAN up to 72 hours before your travel to enter your vaccination status and proof of vaccination, quarantine plan and travel information.
- Checklist of what to have ready at the border: Have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border:
- ArriveCAN receipt with uploaded proofs of vaccination - 2 images for 2 doses
- proof of vaccination
- pre-entry test results
- other travel documents
- Arrival tests - randomized testing and exemptions: On your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been selected for a randomized arrival test.
What are the accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada?
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
How do I use use ArriveCAN?
ArriveCAN is available to download as a mobile app or you can create an account and sign in online. All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land or marine vessel, must use ArriveCAN. You'll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada. If you're entering by air or land, you must use ArriveCAN before entering Canada.
Are there exceptions for partially-vaccinated travellers?
As of September 7, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.
Traveling to Prince Edward Island
What are the regulations if I am travelling to PEI from within Canada?
As of September 7, those travelling to PEI from within Canada, who are vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted in Canada, are not required to self-isolate. A PEI Pass is required and visitors will be tested upon entry.
What are the regulations if I am travelling to PEI from outside of Canada?
As of September 7, travellers from international destinations including the U.S., who are fully vaccinated with Canadian-authorized COVID-19 vaccines and granted permission to enter Canada by the federal government, are eligible to apply for a PEI Pass, which verifies that you are fully vaccinated and can visit PEI without isolating. U.S. and international travellers will be tested upon entry to PEI. By the time of the conference in October 2021, these restrictions may be eased.
What is a PEI Pass?
PEI Pass verifies you are fully vaccinated (travelling from outside Atlantic Canada) and provided you meet the conditions of the PEI Pass upon entry, you are not required to self-isolate when you visit or return to PEI. A separate application is required for each vaccinated person aged 12 and over and parents/guardians must complete application for children under 18 who are traveling with them, no pass is needed for children under 12.
How do I apply for a PEI Pass?
The PEI Pass allows visitors who meet the appropriate criteria to be exempt from self-isolation when entering the province. Fully vaccinated individuals can apply for the PEI Pass on the Government of PEI website and have it approved prior to travel to ensure entry into the province. This can be applied for at any time between now and the conference, but it is recommended to complete your application at minimum 72 hours before.
What documentation do I require to apply for a PEI Pass?
To apply for a PEI Pass, visitors from outside of Atlantic Canada, require government issued photo identification as well as your vaccine record (e.g. official record including at minimum the person’s name, the date and type of vaccine administered).