The January 15, 2022 requirement for commercial drivers to be double vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to avoid quarantine remains in effect.
It has been confirmed that yesterday’s announcement that commercial drivers do not need to be fully vaccinated for entry into Canada was an error, and that the initial January 15 vaccination mandate deadline is in effect. Starting January 15, unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day 8 testing, as well as quarantine requirements.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, “On November 19, 2021, we announced that as of January 15, 2022, certain categories of travellers who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada.
These groups include several essential service providers, including truck drivers. Let us be clear: This has not changed. The information shared yesterday was provided in error. Our teams have been in touch with industry representatives to ensure they have the correct information.” Full Press Release
As of January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign national truck drivers, coming to Canada from the US by land, will be directed back to the United States.