Border crossing information for your delegates
The border to Canada is open again! This is wonderful news for not only for the tourism industry, but especially for families and friends who have been separated since the beginning of the pandemic. There are many joyful reunions happening these days!
Speaking of reunions (which is the French word for “meetings”), event professionals are increasingly planning international meetings and conferences. While we’ve relied heavily on video calls and online events for the past year, many of us are eager to experience the magic that occurs during in-person gatherings. Montréal is ready to be your setting for these in-person events.
Once you’ve solidified dates and venues, you’ll want to communicate certain information to your attendees. Here is what your delegates will need to understand about crossing the Canadian border.
For entering into Canada
As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated international travellers are eligible to enter Canada for non-essential reasons, such as tourism. This also enables travel for events, meetings, and conferences.
To enter Canada, travellers need (at minimum) to complete these three essential requirements.
- Be fully vaccinated. A traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine—or combination of vaccines—accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- Have a negative Covid test result. This test must be taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Note that antigen tests, often called “rapid tests,” are not accepted
- Submit their travel and health information via ArriveCAN (mobile app or website), including proof of vaccination and a quarantine plan. The mobile app can be downloaded for either Apple or Android devices.
Also note that travellers must be asymptomatic and may be selected for random Covid testing upon arrival.
For navigating Montréal
The province of Québec (where Montréal is located) has implemented a vaccination passport system. The QR code passport enables vaccinated individuals to access public spaces, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues. Travellers who are fully vaccinated can also access these spaces by showing photo ID with an address outside Québec and proof issued by their country or Canadian province that they have been vaccinated This documentation can be present digitally (on a mobile phone) or through an official paper document.
One of the best ways to understand whether you can visit Montréal is to use the Government of Canada’s Travel Wizard. Essentially, it’s a quick questionnaire that helps determine if you can enter Canada and what documentation you’ll need.
Another helpful source of information is the Province of Québec’s website.
Finally, check out our regularly updated post entitled Meeting in Montréal? What you need to know. The article is perfect for planners who are pondering meeting options in Montréal.
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