What are the UK rules for travel to Canada? Can people visit as the nation joins green list

Entry requirements remain in place for UK travellers heading to Canada

The Government has updated the UK’s travel list, with some countries moved to the red list, many remaining on the amber list and some moving to the green list - including Denmark, Finland, Switzerland and Canada.

But what are the travel rules for Canada now that the country has been moved to the UK’s green list?

Here’s what you need to know.

What are the travel rules when returning from Canada?

Canada’s move to the green list means that all arrivals from the country can avoid quarantine restrictions on entry to the UK, regardless of vaccination status.

However, travellers still have to take a pre-departure Covid test before flying home to the UK and another two days after arrival.

What are the entry requirements for Canada?

Entry requirements are also in place for UK travellers heading to Canada.

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel from the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

  • 9 August: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, currently residing in and arriving from the United States, and who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption
  • 7 September: All other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption

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
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)

These are the Covid-19 vaccines currently accepted in Canada:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

The Canadian government also requires all travellers aged five and above arriving in Canada by land or air to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing.

Passengers without a negative test will be denied boarding or entry.

If you are travelling from a country where molecular testing is unavailable you will be required to report to a designated Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine facility for the duration of your mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Alternatively, travellers must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test taken between 14 and 90 days before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing.

What Covid rules and restrictions are in place in Canada?

To help curb the spread of Covid-19, provincial governments in the country have also introduced a number of measures.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), there are some regional variations, but they generally include:

  • limit on numbers in bars and restaurants and at large gatherings in affected cities and regions
  • mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor public settings