From 3:00 a.m. on October 30, 2021, Canadian Customs’ vaccine certificate regulations will come into effect! All travelers 12 years of age and older must present proof of complete vaccinations to the airline before boarding a flight into Canada. At present, Canadian customs only accept vaccination certificates for four vaccines: 1. Pfizer & Biotech (called “Fubitai” in China) 2. Moderna 3. AstraZeneca 4. Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Among them, except for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is vaccinated in one shot, the other three vaccines require passengers to complete two shots in the first two weeks of entering Canada before they can enter Canada.
Fortunately, Canadian Customs has instituted a 30-day “transition period” to temporarily provide backup options for unprepared travelers. From October 30 to November 29, passengers can still board the plane by holding a negative nucleic acid test report valid within 72 hours. However, after November 29, a strict vaccination certificate policy will come into effect, and even if you are only flying in Canada, you must provide proof of vaccination. We will pay close attention to the news from Canadian Customs and bring you updates. At present, according to the published information, there are roughly two methods of entry exemption:
1. Before November 29, you can enter Canada with a valid nucleic acid test from China and transfer to Winnipeg, where you will complete a 14-day quarantine.
2. After November 29, after entering Canada from China (such as Shanghai-Vancouver), quarantine in Vancouver for 14 days, and then complete 2 shots of vaccination in Vancouver and obtain a vaccine certificate.
Some friends may wonder, isn’t the domestic vaccine also recognized by Ontario?
Ontario only recognizes domestically produced vaccines in the province, which is only applicable to the vaccine passport policy in the province, and Ontario requires an additional third shot. The specific requirements are as follows:
1. If you have received two doses of a vaccine not approved by Health Canada (but the vaccine has been reviewed by the WHO and included in its emergency use list), you will need to receive a third dose of mRNA vaccine in Canada, and the interval between them must be at least 28 days.
2. If you have already received three doses of a vaccine not approved by Health Canada, you do not need to be revaccinated to be considered “fully vaccinated” in Ontario, Canada.
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