Canada Removes All COVID Entry Requirements Starting October 1, 2022

by Carolee Chanona
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On Monday morning, Transport Canada announced it will remove all COVID-19-related entry requirements—including testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements—for anyone entering the country from October 1, 2022. Fast forward to September 2022, Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4- and BA.5fueled wave alongside a high vaccination rate, low hospitalization and death rates, as well as secured vaccine boosters, rapid tests, and COVID-19 treatments. Regardless of citizens, all incoming travelers to Canada as of October 1, 2022, will no longer need to:

  • submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
  • provide proof of vaccination
  • undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
  • carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation
  • monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving in Canada

Additionally, Transport Canada will be removing existing travel requirements such as undergoing health checks for air and rail travel and the requirement of masks on such transportation methods from the same date. However, the government agency shares, “Although the masking requirement is being lifted, all travelers are strongly recommended to wear high quality and well-fitted masks during their journeys.” Related lifted measures are also being applied to cruises in Canada.

Snowbird Can Head South To Belize This Fall & Winter

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is the largest and busiest airport in Canada, and the 30th busiest airport of the world in terms of passenger traffic. Image by HW via Unsplash

Before the pandemic in 2019, Belize reported 35,527 annual inbound visitors from Canada, accounting for Belize’s fourth-largest market. Two Canadian carriers service Belize, non-stop, seasonally:

A bird’s eye view of The Split. Photo Courtesy: Kevin Quischan

After nearly a three-year pause, Air Canada returns to Belize in time for the Caribbean country’s high season of tourism, which coincides from November through April.

Header image shows Toronto, Canada.Photo by Eugene Aikimov on Unsplash

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