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Getting to Canada

Find out if you can travel to Canada

On July 19th, the Government of Canada announced that on August 9, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) will be able to travel to Canada for non-essential travel. On September 7, the same will be extended to fully-vaccinated nationals from other countries.  For the full announcement, please see the Government of Canada press release:  

This news, which is based on data and scientific evidence, is a positive and critical step for the recovery of Canadian tourism and business events sectors. We can’t wait to welcome back fully vaccinated delegates from around the world.    

  • For gathering restrictions by province click here 
  • For guidance for travellers coming from the US click here 
  • For guidance for travellers coming from outside of the US click here
  • For a full list of resources for meeting planners click here
  • For the Travel Wizard tool click here
  • For the latest information on travel to Canada, please visit the Government of Canada website: 

Global Affairs Canada has launched a tool, Travel Wizard, to help Canadian citizens and foreign nationals determine if they can travel to Canada by answering a few simple questions. Find out more here.

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Gathering Restrictions

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. Our Canada meetings map and chart provides up-to-date data information on local gathering guidelines. Click here to learn more.

Coming to Canada to attend a meeting or convention? Here are some things you may want to know before travelling to make the most of your time here.

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Entry Requirements for Visitors to Canada

Start here for updated information on visa and passport requirements for U.S. and other international visitors to Canada.

Embassies & Consulates

Start here for an updated list of foreign embassies, consulates and international organizations with representation in Canada.

Emergency Services

Dial 9-1-1 for fire, ambulance and police emergency services in Canada.

Emergency Medical

Canadian hospitals will not refuse treatment for those requiring care, regardless of financial status or healthcare coverage. To avoid incurring costs of an emergency healthcare visit, all visitors planning a trip to Canada should ensure they have adequate coverage from their home healthcare provider.

Health Insurance

Visitors to Canada should obtain travellers' health insurance before leaving home. Most health insurance coverage does not extend outside the country of residence. Visitors requiring prescription medication should bring a copy of the prescription for renewal in Canada.


Visitors from abroad may withdraw Canadian currency from automated teller machines (ATMs) or convert foreign currency at local banks.

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Destination Canada Business Events helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit