Canada Allows Non-Essential Travel for All Fully-Vaccinated Individuals as of September 7, 2021

As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from all countries are able to enter Canada for tourism and non-essential reasons. The new policy covers individuals holding citizenship from all countries other than the United States or those who do not hold U.S. legal permanent resident status. This includes individuals with valid U.S. visas residing in the United States. Travelers will need to have the full series of a government-approved vaccine administered within 14 days of travel and will need to continue to comply with other requirements including obtaining a pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test and using ArriveCan to submit their travel information.


The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that any visa-requiring individuals who applied for a Canadian visitor visa before September 7, 2021 and are awaiting a decision will need to submit new applications. Submitting a new application will withdraw the previous application. IRCC is not guaranteeing refunds for previous applications submitted, nor applying the previously paid fee to a re-submitted application. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as they become available.

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