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2022 Innovation Academy: Health and safety travel resources

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Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada

All non-essential travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. Proof of vaccine is collected via the ArriveCAN app, which is required for all those entering Canada.

All travelers must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before entry into Canada. This must be done within 72 hours of anticipated arrival. Failure to do so may result in denied boarding, denied entry to Canada, and financial penalties. There are a number of questions to be answered within the app, so you should be prepared to do so. When selecting "Reason for travel" on the app, please choose: Discretionary/optional travel.

The mobile app, available for iOS, Android, and web, is free and available in English, French, and Spanish.

Download the latest version of ArriveCAN.

Important travel information

Traveling to Canada

Canada has reinstated its mandatory randomized testing program if you are arriving by air
Starting July 19, the Canadian government has reinstated its mandatory randomized testing program if you are arriving by air to any of the four major airports (Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto). If you are randomly selected for this testing, you will be notified via e-mail with information about how to arrange your test. You may proceed to your destination, but you must follow the testing requirements established by this program. Learn more.

Returning to U.S.

U.S. drops COVID testing requirement for international travel
As of June 12, the requirement for travelers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S. has been lifted by the CDC.

Travel safety resources

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CDC Travelers' Health

View the CDC's most recent travel health guidelines and information.

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

View the latest traveler health and safety practices for the Vancouver International Airport.

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Proof of vaccination (Requirement)

Proof of full vaccination is required to enter Canada, as well as to board domestic or international flights and trains (i.e. AMTRAK, Via Rail, Rocky Mountaineer).

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On-site COVID testing

The AAD has partnered with FastTest to provide on-site rapid/PCR COVID testing.

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Travel and COVID-19

Find information on COVID-19 testing at Vancouver International Airport.

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Travel, testing, and borders

Be sure to review the details provided by the Canada Border Services Agency prior to your travel to the meeting and save for your reference.

Be Your Real ID self

On May 3, 2023, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities. Are you ready?

Air travel

Travel updates

Travelers are encouraged to review the specific information provided by each airline they are flying.

Hotel and lodging

Hotel updates

Travelers are encouraged to contact their individual hotel prior to arrival to understand the specific local practices and safety protocols in place.