For guests cruising out of Canada this summer, there will be strict guidelines that MUST be adhered to for ALL passengers and those guidelines are a bit confusing. We’re breaking it down for you.
Sources confirmed today that Canada is removing the testing requirements at airports and land border crossings. A press conference will be on the morning of March 17 (Thursday) to announce the changes.
Currently, travellers entering the country must show proof of a negative antigen or molecular test prior to their arrival at the border.
That testing requirement will be dropped for fully vaccinated travellers only. Random testing will continue however so anyone traveling to Canada should remain aware of that.
Options for providing proof of a valid pre-entry test
At this time, all travellers 5 years of age or older entering by land, air or water, must provide proof of one of the following accepted types of test results:
- Starting February 28: proof of a professionally administered or observed negative antigen test taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water
- the one day window does not depend on the time of day the test was taken or the time of your flight or entry
- for example, if your flight is scheduled to leave or you enter by land any time on Friday, you could provide proof of a negative result from an antigen test taken any time on Thursday, or on Friday
- it must be administered or observed by a pharmacy, laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service
- the test must be authorized for sale or distribution in Canada or in the jurisdiction in which it was obtained
- the test must be performed outside of Canada
- Proof of a valid negative molecular test taken outside of Canada within 72 hours of your scheduled flight’s departure time to Canada or your entry to Canada by land or water
- for example, if your flight is scheduled to leave at 11:00 am on Friday, your test must have been taken any time after 10:59 am on Tuesday
- Previous positive molecular test result: you no longer have symptoms and provide proof of a positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day after your test.
- for example, if your positive COVID-19 molecular test was taken on January 1, then January 11 would be the earliest scheduled departure date of your flight to Canada, or the first day you could use it to enter Canada by land or water
- if your positive proof is accepted you won’t have to take arrival or Day-8 tests
- this test can be taken in or outside of Canada
- a positive antigen test result is never a valid test result for boarding a flight or entry to Canada and can’t be used as proof of a previous infection
End of short trip exemption: the pre-entry testing exemption for trips 72 hours or less ended on December 21, 2021.Who doesn’t need a pre-entry test:
- Children under 5 years of age
- Those who are exempt (e.g. crew, essential services, and cross-border communities)
Flying to Canada – when to take your testArriving by car, bus, boat, ferry or trainPositive results on your pre-entry test
Accepted types of tests
- PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
- Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample.Other acceptable types of molecular tests:
Your antigen test must be administered or observed by a laboratory or testing provider.
Phrases indicating a test is an antigen test could include, but is not limited to:
- rapid antigen test
- viral antigen test
- diagnostic immunoassay
- lateral flow test (LFT)
- also could be noted as an Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay, Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay, or Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence
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Set up your ArriveCAN account before you travel
You must use the ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in on a computer to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.
- Proof of vaccination and travel documents can be saved in your ArriveCAN traveller profile before any planned travel
- ArriveCAN is always free
To be ready for your trip, create your free ArriveCAN account
To get an ArriveCAN receipt, submit your travel and quarantine plan information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.
No smartphone? Within 72 hours of your arrival in Canada, sign in to ArriveCAN from a computer to get your ArriveCAN receipt. Print your receipt and take it with you when you travel.Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN before you travelQuarantine plan in ArriveCAN
Troubleshooting vaccination issues in ArriveCAN
You didn’t see the vaccination questions in ArriveCAN or couldn’t upload proofNo receipt from ArriveCANContact ArriveCAN if you receive emails or notificationsYour ArriveCAN receipt doesn’t include the letters I, V, or A
Upon your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.
As a fully vaccinated traveller, you can travel to your destination, including on connecting flights, without waiting for your arrival test results (if selected for testing).Who must take an arrival test if selected to do so upon arrival
Air travellers: register in advance for arrival testing
You may be required to get tested before exiting the airport. To speed you through the process, register in advance with the testing provider for the airport you will arrive at.
When you register, use the same email address you used for your ArriveCAN account.Register with airport test providersLand border test providersCompleting your arrival testFines and consequences of failing to complete the testing requirements
Your arrival test results
You can take connecting flights and trains without waiting for your arrival test results.
Starting February 28, 2022: fully vaccinated travellers arriving from any country will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
If your arrival test is negative:
- follow local public health measures
- wear a well-fitted mask when in public spaces for the first 14 days after your entry;
- maintain a list of all close contacts and locations you visit for your first 14 days in Canada
- monitor yourself for signs and symptoms
- keep copies of your proof of vaccination and pre-arrival tests for 14 days
Invalid or indeterminate results from your arrival test
How to contact your test provider
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Positive arrival test, symptoms, or exposure after your arrival
Monitor for symptoms for 14 days after your arrival.
If a fully vaccinated traveller or unvaccinated child under 12 years of age tests positive:
- they must isolate for 10 days
- report your test results and/or symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343
If a parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor a child has travelled with experiences symptoms or tests positive:
- unvaccinated children under 12 years of age must quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms
- report your test results and/or symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343
If a person you travelled with develops symptoms or tests positive, you must begin a 14-day quarantine period starting from your last exposure to the person.
You must provide proof of your test results, if asked, to any federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government official or peace officer.
Children or dependents
Vaccinated children under 12 years of ageUnvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 12 years of ageYouth aged 12 to 17 years of ageUnvaccinated adult dependents
ArriveCAN: If your submission includes travellers who are not exempt from the requirement to quarantine (for example, unvaccinated 12 to 17 year-olds or unvaccinated dependent adults), you will receive ArriveCAN notifications and will be asked to complete daily reporting for the unvaccinated travellers.
Disney Cruise Line
The Canadian government’s requirements for cruise passengers visiting Canada are independent of Disney Cruise Line’s health and safety protocols. In addition to Canada’s requirements, all Disney Cruise Line guests must adhere to health and safety protocols outlined on Know Before You Go, including those for COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and upload all required documentation to the Safe Passage website.
Guests should review and stay up-to-date with any requirements or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Canada. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for information.
Please note, the Canadian government requires all cruise passengers to take a COVID-19 test before disembarking the ship in Canada. Disney Cruise Line will work with its testing partners to conduct this test. The following are additional Canadian requirements for cruise passengers entering Canada.
Before sailing or entry into Canada, Guests must create a profile and upload required documentation to ArriveCAN, Canada’s entry requirements program. ArriveCAN is available via the web or as an app for iOS and Android. The mobile app is complimentary and is available in English, French and Spanish (displayed in the language of your device). To be ready for your trip, create your free ArriveCAN account prior to travel.
IMPORTANT: Canadian authorities are currently in the process of revising ArriveCAN to better suit the unique nature of cruise travel. We realize you may have questions. Below is the most current information known to Disney Cruise Line. Please check this web page regularly, as we will provide additional guidance on this web page as soon as ArriveCAN updates are available. At this time, Disney Cruise Line contact center agents currently do not have additional information about ArriveCAN beyond what is available here.
Upload Documentation in Advance of Travel
Canada requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for travelers 12 years of age and older. Proof of vaccination and travel & citizenship documents can be saved in your ArriveCAN traveler profile before any planned travel. We recommend that you download the ArriveCAN app and create a profile prior to sailing. If you’re travelling with others, you can include multiple travelers in your ArriveCAN submission. Although you can upload digital versions of your documentation prior to sailing, we recommend that you also have these documents accessible while traveling.
Within 72 Hours of Arrival
Guest will also need to submit additional information within 72 hours before their arrival to Canada. Information required includes:
- Contact information and travel details
- A quarantine plan should you test positive while in the country. (Note: Disney Cruise Line is finalizing arrangements with local hotel operators to provide options for isolation/quarantine should the need arise.)
- Proof of a COVID-19 test result:
- A professionally administered or observed negative antigen test taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water; or
- A valid negative molecular test taken outside of Canada within 72 hours of your scheduled flight’s departure time to Canada or your entry to Canada by land or water; or
- Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 recently may submit a previous positive molecular test result taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day after your test. The guest must not be experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
For sailings longer than 72 hours, you will need to submit this information during your voyage or on arrival day. Wi-fi packages are available on the ship, and standard mobile device connectivity may be available in ports of call and ports of arrival. Disney Cruise Line will work with its testing partners to conduct the antigen test required at disembarkation into Canada for sailings longer than 72 hours.
After completing all information in the ArriveCAN portal, you will receive a receipt to show proof of completion. This receipt will need to be presented to authorities when you pass through Canadian immigration.
Visit Know Before You Go to learn about Disney Cruise Line’s health and safety protocols.
For all guests traveling to Canada regardless of cruise line be srue to check the cruise line website frequently to stay as up-to-date as possible on the requirements of your sailing. These policies could change and that is the best way to stay up-to-date with the most accurate information.
Cruising from Seattle – Requirements match those for the United States.