The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from Sierra Leone to Canada.View restrictions for unvaccinated travelers
Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.
Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers
Fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days before arrival in Canada are allowed to enter Canada.
The Government of Canada might change this recommendation without prior notice. Please continue to check restrictions prior to travel.
Before boarding an aircraft for a flight between two points in Canada or a flight to Canada departing from any other country, every traveler must confirm to the private operator or air carrier operating the flight that they understand that they may be subject to a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 taken by the provincial or territorial government with jurisdiction where the destination aerodrome for that flight is located or by the federal government.
Transit is allowed with restrictions
Travelers are allowed to transit through Canada to third countries as long as they do not leave the international airport area.
Domestic transfers are not permitted for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, resettling refugees, and persons registered under the Indian Act who don't qualify as fully vaccinated.
Overnight connections are not possible at:
- Montréal-Trudeau (YUL);
- Calgary International (YYC);
- Vancouver International (YVR).
Before You Leave
Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results before exiting Sierra Leone
Departing travelers must book a test on the government online portal. The test must be a COVID-19 PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure from Sierra Leone. A negative COVID-19 PCR test result should contain a QR code.
This requirement does not apply to:
- Travelers under the age of 5;
- Travelers staying for 5 days or less.
- A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results
Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 molecular test (PCR, RT-PCR, NAAT, RT-LAMP) result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before the scheduled departure of their last direct flight to Canada. Travelers returning from short trips must take the test outside of Canada.
Antigen tests are not accepted.
Travelers arriving via land border must provide a test taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Canada.
Travelers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 may alternatively provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 11 and 180 days prior to departure.
Travelers who fail to comply, or provide untruthful information on this measure, may be subject to a penalty or a fine. Travelers who are unable to provide evidence that they have received a result for a COVID-19 molecular test may not be permitted to board.
This requirement does not apply to:
- Travelers under the age of 5;
- Travelers connecting to other international destinations;
- Crew members;
- Essential services;
- Emergency services;
- National security or interest;
- Special exemptions.
Please see the source for more details about the exemptions.
Mandatory contact information form via ArriveCAN
All travelers are required to submit a quarantine plan and a COVID-19 "self-assessment" a maximum of 72 hours before arrival. The information must be submitted digitally through the ArriveCAN app.
Travelers who fail to comply, or provide untruthful information, such as vaccination status or quarantine accommodation details, may be subject to a penalty or a fine.
Anyone who cannot submit the information through the app, because of a disability or “inadequate infrastructure,” will need to contact the government using a toll-free telephone number prior to starting their trip.
Mandatory proof of vaccination
Fully vaccinated travelers must have a vaccination certificate in English, French, or with a certified translation. The certificate must be uploaded digitally into the ArriveCAN app and must contain all details required.
Fully vaccinated travelers must have received a full course of vaccination with an accepted vaccine. The accepted 2 dose vaccines are:
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
Travelers that have received a combination of 2 accepted vaccines are considered fully vaccinated. Travelers must have received their last dose at least 15 days before departure.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 are still required to have a full course of one of the approved vaccines to be considered fully vaccinated.
Travelers who are unable to present a valid certificate, or who do not adhere, may be required to comply with the requirements for unvaccinated travelers, or may be liable to a monetary penalty.
No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for transit to third countries
Travelers with flight connections in Canada to third countries are exempt from any COVID-19 test requirement as long as they remain in the international departure area.
No quarantine is required for transit
Travelers with flight connections in Canada to third countries are exempt from the quarantine requirement as long as they remain in the international departure area.
COVID-19 test may be required on arrival for vaccinated travelers
Vaccinated travelers may be randomly selected for the border testing surveillance program on arrival in Canada. Travelers who are selected must take a COVID-19 test and are required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test.
In the coming weeks, the Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully vaccinated travelers being selected to complete testing to eventually reach 100% of vaccinated travelers.
Travelers who fail to comply, or provide untruthful information on this measure, may be subject to a penalty or a fine.
Travelers may receive notifications from ArriveCAN. If qualified for the fully vaccinated exemption, travelers may ignore these notifications.
No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers
Fully vaccinated travelers with valid proof of vaccination are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
In the coming days, all fully vaccinated travelers arriving by air from departure points other than the United States will be subject to arrival testing. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test. No specific date was announced by the Canadian government so far, our page will be updated as soon as more information is released.
Travelers who fail to comply, or provide untruthful information of vaccination proof, may be subject to a penalty or a fine.
While You're There
Masks are mandatory during travel and in some provinces
Travelers must wear masks in all airports and in-flight. Travelers must also wear a mask in public in some provinces and cities. For more information about regional mask requirements, please check the source.
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