As the number of positive cases of the new variant rises, Canada has imposed strict measures to protect Canadians. According to the latest Canadian travel measures, travellers from the ten affected countries: Egypt, Botswana, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa, will not be able to enter Canada if they have travelled in the last 14 days.
However, Canadians coming from these countries will have to take a COVID-19 test from an authorized lab in South Africa before 48 hours of departure. Even if the travellers are fully vaccinated with the following approved vaccinations, they will have to take a test upon arrival and quarantine themselves at home until the results are negative.
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
- Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
- Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
Here are the latest Canadian travel measures by the Canadian Government for travellers from different countries.
For Canadians coming from the ten countries
These travellers have to take a pre-departure test in South Africa 48 hours before departure and take a test upon arrival. If the test is negative, they will have to quarantine themselves at a quarantine facility or home, and if the test is positive, they should isolate themselves at home. They should also take another test on day 8 of quarantine.
For travellers coming from other countries
Vaccinated travellers have to take a test upon arrival, quarantine themselves until the test is negative. If the test is positive, they will have to isolate themselves for ten days. This applies to unvaccinated travellers from countries other than the U.S. They also have to take a test on day right, and if the test is negative, they can go back, but if the test is positive again, they will have to isolate themselves for the next ten days.