Destination Entry Requirements
Wondering what sort of requirements there are worldwide? We encourage you to click the image below to visit this incredible resource. This interactive and updated map by Sherpa, details your entry requirements based on your passport and where you’re traveling from and depending on if you’ve been vaccinated or not. The green represents countries who are currently open to Canadians, with and without testing.
Note that entry requirements are always subject to change.
We’ve also put together some info on our most popular vacation hotspots. Remember that it’s your responsibility to ensure you have all the required documentation to enter your destination. You can also reference the IATA website for information on travel restrictions Canada and entry requirements.
Please note: While we do our best to ensure all information is accurate, information may be subject to change.
- Before boarding, all travellers (including children and infants) must complete an Embarkation/Disembarkation form (ED Card) online including a personal health assessment.
- You must purchase the mandatory Aruba Visitors Insurance prior to arrival. Additional travel and health insurance may be purchased, but it will be supplemental to the Aruba Visitors Insurance. Travellers who have not purchased the mandatory insurance will be denied boarding.
- Travellers 12 and over must provide a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken at most 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure. Test results must be uploaded while completing your ED Card and it will be verified within the Aruba Health App.
- Residual positive molecular tests will be accepted as long as they have been taken between 2 and 12 weeks before the scheduled time of departure.
- If you are not tested prior to your arrival in Aruba, you will be required to quarantine in your room at your hotel until you receive your test result which can take up to 24 hours.
- For more information, visit the Aruba Tourism website.
It is important to note is that the insurance provided by Sunwing cannot be used in lieu of the Aruba insurance.
- You’ll be required to show proof of COVID-19 insurance or purchase it locally at the Cuban airport for $30 USD.
- On arrival, you’ll need to undergo a temperature screening, fill out the Health Declaration Form given out on board the flight and take a free COVID-19 PCR test.
- You must quarantine at your hotel for the first 24 hours. You can use all the hotel facilities during that time but masks must be worn and you must keep six feet apart from other guests and staff until you receive your negative test result.
- If you test positive, you may be sent to another location (such as a designated hotel or hospital) to quarantine.
- For more information, visit the Cuba Tourist Board of Canada website.
- You must complete the Dominican Republic’s electronic exit and entry form (which includes the Traveler’s Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration and International Embarkation/Disembarkation forms). This form should be completed digitally.
- Dominican airports may perform COVID-19 tests to a random selection of passengers upon arrival. Passengers who present a vaccination card showing they had their last dose more than three weeks ago or who received a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours will be exempt from the random test.
- For more information, visit the Dominican Republic Tourism website.
- You must apply for Travel Authorization before entering Jamaica including a health risk assessment and the Immigration and Customers Form (C5). The application can only be completed online via this link for tourists and via this link for Jamaican residents.
- All travellers aged 12 years and older must provide a negative PCR, NAAT, RNA or antigen (nasopharyngeal samples) COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival. The test must meet the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) and be administered by a CLIA, CAP or ISO certified laboratory. d Your negative test will need to be presented to an airline representative at check-in.
- The island has created a “Resilience Corridor” for its main tourist areas and attractions that you can travel freely within throughout your stay. You will not be permitted to leave the Resilience Corridor during your stay to prevent the spread of COVDI-19 on the island.
- For more information, visit the Jamaican Tourism Board website.
- You must complete a mandatory pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) prior to departure. Please note that this application can take up to 12 hours and you will be denied boarding if you do not receive health pre-authorization.
- This application will include proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, information on your vaccination status (including proof of completed vaccination in case fully vaccinated) and proof of purchase of mandatory COVID-19 insurance.
- You may be subjected to temperature checks, other screening protocols and mandatory testing at your own expense. If you are re-tested upon arrival, you will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results come back. Failure to comply will result in being denied entry and you’ll have to return to Canada.
- For more information, visit the St. Maarten Tourism website.
Please click here to download a PDF list of Covid-19 testing facilities in Canada if required for travel entry into some countries.
Proof of a negative PCR or like Covid test (not Antigen) is required for re-entry back into Canada within 72 hours of entry. Most top resort brands in the Caribbean and Mexico now offer this test right on-site for your convenience or can accommodate the coordination of such.
The list of off-resort facilities can also be found on the government of Canada’s website at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations. Select your destination then scroll down to “Medical Services and Facilities” then select “Local Covid-19 Testing Facilities”.
Health and Safety
Want to know what health and safety measures we have in place throughout the vacation journey? Please visit our co-branded web-site at https://romanticplanetvacations.com/futuretravel/ that details the health and safety protocols of the airlines, airports, hotels and resorts, transportation companies and more.
When You Book
Prepare for the unexpected and protect your vacation with travel insurance, including free COVID-19 medical coverage on select packages. Please note that our travel insurance options are only available for purchase at the time of booking.
Sunwing: When you book by October 18, 2021, for departures between November 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022, your vacation package (excluding cruise packages and air only bookings) will include COVID-19 Emergency Medical Insurance as part of our Safe with Sunwing commitment.
Sunwing offers cancel for any reason up to three hours prior to departure and receive a 100% refund with our Worry Free Cancellation Waiver starting from just $49 per person. Some or all of your refund may be paid in travel credits, depending on when you cancel.
Air Canada Vacations CAREFREE and CAREFLEX PLUS programs offer excellent travel protection as well including change, transfer or cancel your reservation for refunds.
Transat’s Book with Peace of Mind program offers relaxed changes and cancellation terms on all new bookings made by November 31st, 2021. No matter what fare option you choose, you will continue to benefit from the ultimate level of flexibility. Change your travel date or destination up to 24 hours before departure. Cancel your Eco Budget, Eco Standard and Club Standard flight and you will receive a travel credit that is transferrable and has no expiry date. Cancel your Eco Flex and Club Flex and no cancellation fee is required by Transat.
Add emergency medical coverage, unlimited trip interruption coverage, baggage loss benefits and more. Contact us for details.
If your flight is cancelled for any reason by the airline and they don’t rebook you on another flight that departs or arrives close to your original departure or arrival time, you will be entitled to a full refund.
Be sure to select your seat in advance. This service is often an extra cost. Contact your designated travel advisor at Boutique Travel Services for help.
Before Going To The Airport
There are a few things you should keep in mind before you leave for the airport and head out on your much-anticipated vacation. Ask yourself the following questions beforehand so you’re ready to travel!
Make sure you’re not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 before you leave for the airport. If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or have recently come into contact with someone you know or suspect has COVID-19, you will be denied boarding. Per Transport Canada regulations, you’ll also have to complete a health questionnaire and a non-contact temperature check at the airport in Canada.
You’ll need to wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers both your nose, mouth and chin at the airport, on board the plane and while disembarking (even if you’re fully vaccinated or your region has lifted mask restrictions). Masks can only be removed if you are actively eating or drinking. You will also be asked to step back two metres and lower your face covering at the security screening checkpoint and the boarding gate to verify your identity. We recommend packing a few extra masks to have on hand, just in case!
You don’t want to get to your resort and discover you’ve forgotten to bring your flip flops or bathing suit. To make sure you don’t leave anything behind, consult our useful packing checklist.
Check that your passport hasn’t expired (and won’t expire for six months after your return) in addition to any other visas or documents you might need. Visit our Travel Documents page for more info.
Did you upload your Covid test and/or vaccination proof?
In some cases, this can be done during your online check-in. If not, be sure that you have printed and/or digital copies to show as proof.
Did you pack a snack?
Food and beverage choices may be limited onboard the plane. Be sure to pack some snacks or a meal to go. Remember to go peanut-free to help out our friends with allergies and no liquids or gels in your carry-on over 125 ml.
SUNWING: The new and improved Sunwing app offers a seamless travel experience from start to finish. Create a profile to add your trip, upgrade your vacation, pre-book excursions and check your flight status. Plus, you’ll be able to contact a Sunwing representative with the click of a button when you’re in destination.
AIR CANADA: This newest version is ready for take-off! Please click here to download.
Important Note: Make sure you arrive earlier than normal to the airport. With extra screening and line-ups, it’s important to arrive extra early before departure – at least 3 hours or more. Click here to view Air Canada’s helpful hints on check-ins and boarding times.
Returning to Canada
Please note that this page is a general guide and does not replace official government resources or information. For the most up to date information on requirements and testing, we recommend visiting travel.gc.ca.
FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS – As of August 9th, 2021
If you’re fully vaccinated and eligible to enter Canada, you’ll no longer have to undergo the mandatory hotel stay in government-authorized accommodations, get tested on day eight or quarantine for 14 days (as long as you test negative upon arrival).
You will qualify for exemption from the quarantine and testing requirements if:
- You are eligible to enter Canada
- You are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19
- You have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines a minimum of 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada (for example, if your last dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1st, then Friday, July 16th would be the first day that you would meet the 14 day requirement).
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
• Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test that was taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time. Tests must be one of the Government of Canada’s approved test methods, such as a PCR or RT-LAMP test. Note that antigen tests are not accepted for entry into Canada.
• Effective August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers won’t be required to receive an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival, unless randomly selected.
• Submit all relevant info on the ArriveCAN app, or online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN, including your contact details, travel history, proof or your pre-entry COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination. Please make sure you download the latest version of the ArriveCAN app (last updated on August 9, 2021) to comply with all requirements prior to your flight to Canada. Older versions of the app will not support the updated information that is required.
• Have a suitable quarantine plan where you can stay for at least 14 days (even if you’re fully vaccinated) in case you are symptomatic or don’t meet the requirements for exemption.
TRAVELLING WITH UNVACCINATED CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OLD
Effective August 9, 2021, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 accompanying a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, but will be required to follow specific public health measures. This includes avoiding group settings for 14 days, such as schools and summer camps. They will also be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival in Canada.
If you are fully vaccinated and eligible to enter Canada but are travelling with children under the age of 18 or dependents who are not fully vaccinated, they must:
• Quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. • Follow all testing requirements including the day eight test (unless they are under the age of 5). • Won’t be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel. • Public health officials will determine whether you will need to quarantine alongside unvaccinated dependents after reviewing your quarantine plan upon arrival.
More information can be found at travel.gc.ca.
PARTIALLY OR UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS
If you are eligible to enter Canada but have not been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before entering Canada, you’ll still have to adhere by all federally mandated entry requirements.
- Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test that was taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time. Tests must be one of the Government of Canada’s approved test methods, such as a PCR or RT-LAMP test. Note that antigen tests are not accepted for entry into Canada.
- Have your ArriveCAN receipt, hotel confirmation and quarantine plans ready for assessment by a Border Services Officer. Please make sure you download the latest version of the ArriveCAN app to comply with all requirements prior to your flight to Canada.
- Receive an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada. We recommend registering in advance for your arrival test to save time at the border.
- Quarantine for 14 days and complete a test on day eight.
More information can be found at travel.gc.ca.
OFFSITE TESTING IN DESTINATION
We recommend that you book your pre-departure COVID-19 test as soon as possible for a seamless experience so you can focus on enjoying your vacation. Your Sunwing representative in destination can help arrange transportation to off-site testing facilities if necessary.
Please note that the below is a general guide and is not intended to replace official government recommendations. Travellers can visit travel.gc.ca for more information on COVID-19 testing and recommended clinics in destination.
All test costs are approximate based on available information and will be incurred by the customer. Test prices are subject to change without notice. Sunwing can’t guarantee appointment availability or the timing to receive test results.