Canada will tentatively open its borders to foreign nationals on September 7 — if fully vaccinated. Anyone with COVID symptoms will, unsurprisingly, not be able to enter. This entry requirement will apply for all incoming commercial travelers by air, cruise and rail. The Canadian borders have been closed since March 2020 for all non-essential travel. However, border reopening is subject to any country specific bans that are in place at the time.
To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveler must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, the only acceptable vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). However, the list of vaccines may expand in the future.
All travelers must still present a suitable quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine should an officer determine that they do not meet the conditions required for the quarantine exemption.
Airlines will be verifying that travelers coming to Canada have provided relevant data via the ArriveCAN app or website prior to boarding their flight. Travelers that are unable to provide proof of submission (i.e., ArriveCAN receipt) will not be allowed to board the flight to Canada. In addition to uploading a vaccine certificate into ArriveCAN, travelers may also carry a copy of their vaccine certificate to help ensure seamless entry into Canada.
Back on the schedule, WestJet is slated to resume non-stop seasonal flights to Belize from Toronto and Calgary starting November 3, 2021. Canada continues to maintain its status as the third largest tourism source market to Belize after the United States and Europe. Tickets are now available for purchase online, with direct flights from Calgary (YYC) at 6 hours 20 minutes and Toronto (YYZ) at 4 hours 46 minutes.