Travel between Canada and the US tends to be hassle-free, so many Americans head south for a visit or vacation. It turns out, the rules are quite different when traveling to Canada from the US.
Unfortunately, most people don’t realize this because there is no physical border crossing.
As of October 1st, 2022, citizens of the United States are allowed to travel to Canada without restrictions. To fly to or transit through a Canadian airport, U.S. citizens need to carry a valid U.S. passport.
Those traveling to Canada by car, bus, train, or boat should also carry proper identification and meet the basic requirements for entry into Canada.
It is important to note that U.S. citizens who are also Canadian citizens should bring both a valid Canadian passport and a valid U.S. passport or travel document in order to board a flight from the United States to Canada.
U.S. permanent residents will need to have a valid Alien Registration Card and a passport in order to enter Canada.
Dual Canadian citizens, on the other hand, need to present a valid Canadian passport when they board a flight to, or transit through, Canada by air.
All travelers entering Canada by air, land, or marine mode after October 1st, 2022 do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, pre-entry and arrival tests, quarantine upon entry, or use of ArriveCAN.
In addition, masks are not required for those traveling by plane or train in Canada, but it is still highly encouraged.
It is recommended that visitors check provincial or territorial requirements for what they need to do if they are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19.
To make the most of their stay in Canada, visitors can also refer to Destination Canada for information about planning a trip, booking resources, getting around, and what to see and do.