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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

A Message From Your Friends at Algoma Country:

We cannot wait to welcome you back! Starting October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions including testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for visitors entering Canada will be lifted.

Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:

  • submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
  • provide proof of vaccination;
  • undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
  • carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
  • monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving in Canada.

Effective October 1, 2022, Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements, travellers will no longer be required to:

  • undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
  • wear masks on planes and trains.

Cruise measures are also being lifted. Travellers will no longer be required to have pre-board tests, be vaccinated, or use ArriveCAN. A set of guidelines will remain to protect passengers and crew, which will align with the approach used in the United States.

Current Public Health Advice:

  • if you’re sick, please stay home*
  • wash your hands frequently
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering if you want to

*Individuals are reminded that they should not travel if they have symptoms of COVID-19. If travellers become sick while travelling, and are still sick when they arrive in Canada, they should inform a flight attendant, cruise staff, or a border services officer upon arrival. They may then be referred to a quarantine officer who will decide whether the traveller needs further medical assessment as COVID-19 remains one of many communicable diseases listed in the Quarantine Act.

Canada travel and health notices at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Please follow the border crossing measures below until October 1, 2022:

U.S. and Overseas Visitors Wanting to Travel to Canada

Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water.

If you’re a fully vaccinated visitor to Canada, please CLICK HERE for information and a checklist about travel on the official Canada website.

Steps Fully Vaccinated Visitors Need to Take Prior to Entering Canada:

  1. Be fully vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222), Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C), Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Medicago Covifenz (Note to travellers As of April 25, 2022, you’ll have the option to select this vaccine when submitting your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN), Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 to 11 years, Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years, Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV) Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc);
    1. What You Should Have Ready at the Border Checklist
  2. As of April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. You must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.
  3. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor will no longer be required to complete a pre-entry COVID-19 test for entry to Canada. Pre-entry tests will still be required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers 12 and older who are currently eligible to travel to Canada. Children under 5 years of age are not required to provide a COVID-19 test result.
  4. Upload information into the ArriveCAN app (App is Free & Secure); Help for ArriveCAN
    1. All information must be inputted into the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada.
    2. The app will ask you to input contact information for you and the people you are travelling with, the purpose of the trip, date of arrival, port of entry, and proof of vaccination.
      1. All fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. This requirement will also be removed for children aged 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor and travellers with a medical contraindication to a COVID-19 vaccine.
  5. Upon arrival, a CBSA officer will ask for your ArriveCAN receipt, proof of vaccination, and other typical documentation.
  6. Arrival Tests: Upon your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you’ve 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).
    1. The test must be completed within 24 hours, virtually in front of a technician
      1. Be sure you have a good internet connection, your mic and camera are working on your mobile device
    2. If you have further questions or concerns regarding the random testing, please contact the Algoma Country staff at 1-800-263-2546. We can help answer questions and provide guidance for testing.

Random COVID-19 Arrival Testing

You may be selected to complete an Arrival Test when arriving by land or air. You will receive the test kit by a CBSA officer at a land border crossing if you are chosen.

  • Current test kits are administered by LifeLabs. Upon receiving a test kit you will need to complete the test in person in front of a LifeLabs technician, or book a virtual appointment with a trained technician.
  • Once your test is completed, it must be dropped off at a select location, or by FedEx.

For complete instructions, visit www.lifelabs.com/covidkit

Ontario Staycation Tax Credit

Find out how to get back up to 20% of your eligible 2022 Ontario accommodation expenses.

You are eligible to claim the credit if you are an Ontario resident on December 31, 2022.

You can claim the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for accommodation expenses for a leisure stay of less than a month in Ontario, at a short-term accommodation or camping accommodation, like a hotel, motel, resort, lodge, bed-and-breakfast establishment, cottage or campground. This does not include timeshare agreements, or a stay on a boat, trail or other vehicle that be can self-propelled.

The tax credit only applies to leisure stays between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, regardless of the timing of payment for the stays. The tax credit does not apply to business travel.

For complete details like who is eligible, eligible expenses, and how to claim the credit visit www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-staycation-tax-credit#section-1

If you have questions about the tax credit, please contact the Ontario Budget Hotline at 1-800-337-7222.

Algoma Country Staff

We’re happy to answer your questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information. Reach us:
Toll-Free: 1-800-263-2546
Email: info@algomacountry.com
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