Feds Say Unvaccinated Canadians Should Not Travel Abroad At All Until They're Fully Vaxxed

The government is calling on unvaccinated people to avoid international travel.

Travellers at Vancouver International Airport.
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Travellers at Vancouver International Airport.

Unvaccinated Canadians should avoid travelling anywhere overseas for non-essential purposes, the federal government has warned.

As part of the government's level 2 international travel advisory, those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are urged to "continue to avoid non-essential travel to all destinations."

This includes those who have not received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as well as those who have only been partially vaccinated.

Although some countries around the world are lifting travel restrictions on those who haven't had any vaccines — including Greece, Iceland, Spain, Mexico, the Maldives and others — the feds say vacations and non-essential trips should be off the table for those who are unvaxxed.

"If you must travel, consider delaying your plans until you're fully vaccinated," Canada's level 2 travel advisory warns.

It adds, "All eligible travellers should complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada, at least 14 days before travelling."

Right now, Canada considers someone who has received two doses of an accepted vaccine to be "fully vaccinated," although booster doses are recommended. The only exception is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose to be considered fully vaccinated.

Additionally, Canada's current travel rules require passengers on federally regulated planes and trains to be fully vaccinated unless they have a valid exemption.

There's advice for those who are fully vaccinated, too.

The recently softened global travel advisory warns that "COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada and internationally" and says all travellers should consult a health care professional at least six weeks before going abroad.

Those going overseas are also advised to "discuss which travel vaccinations may be right for you."

If you are fully vaccinated and taking a trip, the feds say to keep in mind that destinations may enforce lockdowns or travel measures with limited or even no notice.

However, the notice adds that "the decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your safety abroad and travel arrangements to return home."

Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.