Many Canadians are wondering where they can travel right now, should they choose to do so.
Currently, there are many countries that are accepting Canadian tourists, with more being added constantly.
As border restrictions start loosening around the world, many nations are eager to have Canucks return and want to get the message out that they are open for tourism.
We have compiled a complete list of countries that have reopened their borders for Canadian tourists. This list will be updated constantly as the news changes so rapidly.
Please note: The government of Canada has a “Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” advisory currently in place. Travel Off Path does not endorse travelling against any advisories set by the government. Your decision to travel is your own.
Before we get to the list of countries that have reopened for Canadians, let’s clear the air about something else:
Are Canadians Allowed To Travel Right Now?
Yes. Even though the Canadian government has the “Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” advisory in place, Canadian’s are still permitted to leave the country as they wish.
However, upon returning to Canada all travelers will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine, as well as providing a negative 72-hour PCR test before boarding their flight home.
Important Updates: Starting Jan 31, 2021 the Canadian government has suspended flights through Canadian airlines to sunny destinations like Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, etc. until April 30, 2021.
A mandatory hotel quarantine, plus on arrival PCR testing, has also been announced, starting Feb 22, 2021
Important: All Canadians leaving the country should ensure they have proper travel insurance that covers covid-19
Countries That Have Reopened For Canadian Tourists
Last Updated: April 8, 2021
Countries Added Recently: Croatia
Countries Updated/Removed Recently: Montenegro, Ecuador
Albania reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1, 2020.
No tests or quarantines required.
There are no flights directly to Albania from Canada, but Canadians can transit easily through Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Zurich, Istanbul, Paris, etc.
Read all the info about Albania’s reopening
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda reopened to Canadian’s on June 4, 2020.
Canadians will have to bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 7 days before arrival.
Canadians can transit through Miami, who has daily flights.
See all the details for Antigua and Barbuda’s reopening
Armenia reopened for Canadian tourists on August 12, 2020.
Where is it? Located right in between Asia and Europe, bordering Georgia and Turkey.
You’ll need to bring proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before arriving -or- symptom-free travelers can pay to get testing on arrival at Zvartnots airport and isolate until results are ready.
See all the details for Armenia reopening for tourism
Canadians will have to fill out an online health declaration form, purchase Aruba specific Covid-19 insurance and upload negative covid PCR test results 4 – 72 hours before boarding.
Usually, Air Canada and WestJet fly directly to Aruba, but due to flight cut-backs Canadians will have to transfer through a US airport
Here is everything you need to know about Aruba reopening for Canadian tourists.
The Bahamas originally reopened for Canadians on July 1 and has changed entry requirements many times since.
The most recent updates include: A negative PCR test must be shown, taken no longer than 5 days before arrival. Stays over 4 nights must also take a rapid antigen test on the 5th day.
See all reopening details and entry requirements for the Bahamas
Barbados reopened for Canadian tourists with the first direct flights coming in December from Toronto on Air Canada.
In all honesty, Canadians will have to jump through a few hoops to vacation in Barbados, but it might be worth it to sit on an island with only 8 active cases!
Some entry requirements include: A negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival, an online health declaration form, and 2nd covid test taken around 5 days from when the first test was administered.
Read all the details about Barbados reopening for tourism
Belize reopened for tourism on October 1, 2020.
Canadian travelers will need to download a travel health app, only book certified accommodation, take a PCR test and upload the results no longer than 72 hours of departure into Belize, and check into the app daily while on vacation. (yes, it’s not a short list!)
No direct flights are happening out of Canada, but connections in the USA are possible.
New in 2021: Vaccinated travelers are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry.
Here’s everything else we know about Belize reopening and all entry requirements
Bermuda is officially reopening for Canadian tourists on July 1st.
To be able to head down for a vacation, Canadians will need to be okay with a LOT of testing. You’ll need to bring a negative covid PCR test no older than 72 hours before boarding, take another test upon arrival, and have more tests on Day 4, 8, and 14 of your trip.
Air Canada usually flies directly from Toronto but has not yet resumed flights due to demand.
We have all the details about Bermuda’s reopening for tourism here
Bonaire reopend for Canadian tourists on November 1
Canadians will need to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test in order to enter, as well as have travel insurance that covers covid
Air Canada usually flies directly from Toronto but has not yet resumed flights due to demand.
We have all the details about Bermuda’s reopening for tourism here
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina opened for Canadian tourists, as of September 12, 2020.
BiH has been open since July 16, but at first, was only allowing EU nations to visit. Now they have reopened to all nations, so Canadian tourists can once again visit!
All passengers will need to bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 48 hour prior to departure.
See more about BiH’s reopening for tourism here
Brazil is now open for Canadian tourists!
Brazil started allowing Canadian tourists to visit as of July 30, 2020.
Direct flights to Sao Paulo can be found from Toronto on Air Canada.
December Update: A 72-hour negative PCR test will be required for all visitors starting Dec 30
Read all the details on Brazil Reopening for Tourism
Bulgaria is now allowing Canadian tourists as of July 16, 2020.
Even with Canada being removed from the EU’s safe list, Canadians are still allowed to enter Bulgaria with a 72-hour pCR test.
Read more about Bulgaria reopening for Canadians.
*Bulgaria may remove entry for Canada soon, confirmation to come. (Their consulate told us they haven’t made a final decision on the EU’s suggestion of removal at this time)
Chile reopened for tourism on November 23 and stated that Canadians are permitted to enter.
A 72-hour PCR test is required, as well as a contact tracing app.
Important Update: Starting Jan 1, 2021 ALL passengers into Chile must complete a 10-day quarantine.
Currently, there are no flights from Canada, but Canadians can connect in Miami or New York.
Read all of Chile’s reopening news and entry requirements
Colombia reopened its borders for international tourism on September 21
All travelers will need to bring a negative PCR test taken no longer than 96 hours before departure.
Read all the flights resuming to Colombia, plus all other news about Colombia Reopening For Tourism
Costa Rica opened for Canadian tourists as of August 1st, 2020.
No tests, no quarantines.
Tourists will have to comply with CR’s unique request for certain levels of travel insurance coverage.
Read more about Costa Rica reopening for Canadians.
Croatia officially reopened for Canadian tourists on July 1, 2020.
As of 2021, Canadians will need to show proof of paid accommodation and choose one of the following for entry: Proof of negative test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.
See all the info about Croatia’s reopening, including the forms for Canadians.
On July 1, 2020 Cuba reopened for Canadian tourists!
Cuba is requiring Canadians to fill out a health online declaration form and be tested on arrival.
Test Update: Starting January 1, 2021 ALL passengers will also have to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test in combination with getting tested at the airport.
See more about Cuba reopening for Canadians
On July 1, Curacao reopened their border for Canadian tourists!
Canadians will have to fill out all the required online forms before departure, and submit a negative-PCR test no older than 72 hours.
See all the entry requirements for Curacao’s reopening
The island nation of Dominica is reopened for tourism on August 7, 2020 and will be accepting Canadian tourists.
To be honest, it might be a little to hard to visit at this time, since Canada was recently moved into the ‘high-risk’ list.
Canadians will now need to: Bring a 72-hour negative PCR test with them, be tested on arrival, spend 5 days in quarantine, and then take a 3rd test on day 5 to finally enjoy the vacation.
See more about Dominica reopening for tourism
As of July 1, 2020, Canadians can travel to the Dominican Republic
No tests, no quarantines!
A small sample of arrivals (around 5%) will be selected for random testing, but it’s an easy and non-evasive breath test.
See everything we know about the Dominican Republic’s reopening for tourism
Dubai, UAE is officially reopening its borders for Canadian tourists on July 7, 2020 .
Canadian’s need to: register their ‘health declaration’ on an app before their trip, bring a negative PCR test within 96 hours of boarding, and have health insurance to be able to enter.
Emirates is flying direct to Dubai from Toronto starting in July.
Read more about Dubai’s reopening for tourism, plus which hotels have reopened.
Ecuador is now open for Canadian tourists!
Canadians can travel to Ecuador WITHOUT quarantine, as long as they bring a negative PCR or antigen test, no older than 3 days. (Exceptions to the testing requirement is in effect for vaccinated/recovered travellers.)
There are no direct flights from Canada, but Miami, Houston and New York have already resumed into Quito and Guayaquil
See everything we know about Ecuador reopening for tourism
Egypt has reopened for Canadian tourists to visit.
All canucks must have proof of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 performed no more than 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt.
Canada also qualifies for the visa on arrival program.
See all entry requirements and more details on Egypt reopening for tourism
French Polynesia (think Bora Bora and Tahiti) reopened for Canadian tourists on July 15, 2020.
Canadians must bring a negative covid PCR test before boarding the flight and they will be tested again while on the island.
While Canada doesn’t fly directly to Tahiti and Bora Bora, San Francisco and Los Angeles do!
Feb 2021 Update: French Polynesia temporarily re-closed their borders to control case numbers
Here is everything you need to know about French Polynesia reopening to Canadian tourists.
Okay, the addition of Georgia to this list is a little unconventional, but may apply to many readers who are digital nomads.
Canadians are currently banned from entering Georgia (only 5 nations are currently permitted!), HOWEVER, they just launched their “Remotely in Georgia” visa, which allows a stay of up to 1 year for: digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and people who can work from home.
Canadians ARE allowed entry into the country under this program. The visa has no cost.
Applicants just have to show proof of income at least $2000 USD per month.
Georgia is also allowing any Canadian to visit restriction-free if they have received both doses of any vaccine.
Canadians can now head to Ghana as of September 1
Tourists must bring results of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure. Another mandatory test will be performed at the airport upon arrival.
There are currently no direct flights to Ghana from Canada, but Canadians can easily connect in New York or London.
Read more about Ghana’s Reopening for Tourism
Grenada reopened for Canadian tourists on August 1, 2020
Be aware, they are currently a virus-free island and really want to keep it that way, so entry requirements are tough! Lots of testing and paperwork, but that means getting to vacation in a safe nation.
Direct flights start from Toronto have not yet restarted due to low demand.
Read more about Grenada’s entry requirements for Canadians
Guadeloupe (a French nation in the Caribbean) has reopened to Canadian tourists as of July 1.
Canadians will need to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours.
Read more about Guadeloupe’s entry requirements for Canadians
Guatemala officially reopened for tourism on September 18
Canadian tourists will need to bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to the flight. Vaccinated tourists are exempt from testing.
There are currently no diretc flights from Canada, but Canadians can easily transit through cities like: Dallas, Houston, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, etc; which all have non-stop flights.
Read more about Guatemala reopening for Canadian tourists
Haiti reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020
Starting on February 9, 2021 all passengers into Haiti will require proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior ot arrival.
Proof of recovery for entry is also possible.
Read more about Haiti reopening for tourism
Yes, we are aware Hawaii is not a country… however since they have separate entry requirements than the mainland USA and since Canadians can now only get the appropriate tests as of Nov 20, it needed its own spot on this list.
Hawaii has technically been open for Canadian tourists since October 15, 2020 – but they required a test from particular providers, which were not available in Canada, effectively stopping Canadians from going.
Now, as of November 20, WestJet has partnered with a test provider approved by the government of Hawaii and is offer Canadians pre-flight testing for entry.
With these pre-flight tests, Canadians can enter Hawaii without a 14-day quarantine.
Read more about WestJet’s new Hawaii testing program for Canadians
(Note: Air Canada has also added pre-flight testing for Hawaii out of YYC and YVR)
Honduras has reopened for Canadians as of August 17, 2020
Canadians will need to bring proof of a negative covid test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, but it can be either a PCR -or- a Rapid Test. (The only nation we know accepting rapid tests!)
Direct flights from Toronto have not restarted yet, but Canadians can transit through many US cities right now, like NYC and Miami.
Read more about Honduras reopening for Canadian tourists
Jamaica reopened for Canadian tourists on June 15, 2020
Jamaica is requiring all Canadians visiting to first fill out an online Travel Authorization Card before they fly and starting March 2021 they will need proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no longer than 3 days before the flight.
Read more about what Jamaica is requesting from inbound Canadian tourists
Jordan reopened for Canadians on September 8, 2020.
Canadians will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to departure, and undergo another PCR test upon arrival.
Montreal to Jordan was showing scheduled direct flights on Royal Jordanian Airlines, but it looks as if they have not resumed them yet.
Read all entry requirements and details about Jordan’s reopening for tourism
Kosovo is open for tourism and allowing Canadians to visit.
A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.
Pristina airport is reopen, as well as land borders between Montenegro and Albania. While Canada doesn’t fly directly to Kosovo, Canadians can transit throughout many European cities, like London, Frankfurt, Vienna, Munich or Istanbul.
Read everything about Kosovo reopening for Canadian tourists and what to know before you go
Kyrgyzstan reopened for tourism in August, but as of December starting allowing Canadian tourists to visit.
A 72-hour PCR test is needed to enter, but no quarantine is required!
Read everything about Kyrgyzstan reopening for tourism and what to know before you go
The Maldives reopened for tourism on July 15, 2020.
Canadian travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure.
Here is everything else we know about the Maldives reopening to Canadian tourists
As of July 11th, Canadians can take a vacation in beautiful Malta.
Starting December 20, Canadians will now have to bring a negative 72-hour PCR test to enter.
Even though the EU removed Canada for entry, Malta has left Canada on their ‘Green List’ for the time being. Fingers crossed it stays there.
Here is everything we know about Malta’s reopening.
Mexico is now open for Canadian tourists! In fact, it was one of the only countries that never actually really closed its borders to Canadians in the first place.
No tests, no quarantines!
See all the detailed information about Mexico’s reopening for Canadian tourists here.
Montenegro has announced on July 8th Canadians are now welcome to visit.
Canadians have 3 options: Bring a negative 48-hour PCR test, proof of recovery from the virus, or being fully vaccinated.
This could change frequently, so please check our Montenegro Reopening Guide for any updates.
While Canadians are technically permitted to enter Morocco, it’s a little dicey at this point.
Canadians are required to bring a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours before arrival.
However, when Morocco first shut down due to the pandemic, ex-pats and tourists were virtually shut-in for months. Since they started reopening this summer, many curfews, restrictions on flights, and freedom of movement rules have been implemented. IMO- now is not the time to go.
Here is everything we know about Morocco Reopening
Nicaragua reopened for Canadians on October 1, 2020
In fact, they never really closed their borders for tourism in the first place, but flights were suspended, effectively cutting the nation off to tourists.
Canadians can transit through Mexico City, Houston or Miami to get there.
A 72 negative PCR test is needed
Read more about Nicaragua’s Reopening for Tourism
Canadians (and every other nation!) can visit North Macedonia starting July 1, 2020.
No tests, no quarantines, no restrictions.
Read all the info about North Macedonia’s reopening here
Oman has finally reopened borders as of December 10, 2020, and is allowing Canadians to visit for 7-10 days
There are some hoops to jump through including testing on arrival, contact tracing app, proof of insurance, accommodation, and onward travel, among a few other things.
Read all the entry requirements and details about Oman Reopening for Tourism
Pakistan will reopen for tourism on October 5th, and Canadians will be permitted to enter.
First, Canadian tourists will need to apply for a visa. Once approved, Canadians will need to bring proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.
Get more information on Pakistan reopening for Canadian tourists
Panama reopened for tourism in October and Canadian tourists can enter.
However, Canadians will need to bring a 48-hour negative PCR test, which is quite a tough turn-around time.
If the traveller cannot, a test can be done on arrival and the passenger will quarantine awaiting test results.
See everything we know about Panama reopening for tourism
Paraguay has reopened for Canadian tourists as of Decemeber, 2020.
Canadians will need to bring a 72-hour negative Covid test, but thankfully Paraguay is accepting PCR, LAMP and Nucleic Acid tests.
See everything we know about Paruguay reopening for tourism
Peru reopened in October for tourism and starting permitting Canadians to visit as of November 1.
A negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival is needed. (Antigen tests and proof of recovery certificates are also permitted)
Currently, flights are only authorized out of YYZ – Toronto airport
Read all the details on Peru’s reopening and entry requirements
Although the EU has removed Canada from its safe list, Poland is still showing Canadians can enter.
However, they are currently under partial lockdowns, and hotel stays for tourism are not permitted as of November, so now might not be an optimal time to go.
Here is everything else we know about Poland Reopening for Canadian tourists
*Poland may remove entry for Canada soon, confirmation to come.
Rwanda has officially reopened for tourism as of June 17, 2020 and is allowing Canadian tourists to visit.
Canucks will need to bring a negative-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival and be ready to be tested again upon arrival.
There are currently no direct flights from Canada, but RwandAir is looking into creating a direct NYC to Kigali route. They also fly to Brussels.
Here’s all the details about Rwanda’s reopening
Serbia reopened to Canadian tourists on May 22, 2020
Due to a sudden surge is cases, Serbia will require a 48-hour PCR test from ALL arrivals after December 20, 2020
Where is Serbia? It’s a landlocked European nation that borders Montenegro, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.
Canada doesn’t fly to Belgrade, Serbia’s capital city directly, but New York does on Air Serbia.
Read all the details about Serbia’s reopening for tourism
South Africa has reopened for tourism on October 1, and is now again allowing Canadian tourists as of November 12, 2020.
Canadians are allowed to visit, but they must bring a negative PCR test that was taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure into SA.
Read everything we know about South Africa reopening for tourism.
St.Barths is officially reopening its borders for tourism on June 22, 2020 and is allowing Canadian tourists to visit!
Saint Barthelemy, or St. Barths as it’s commonly called, is a beautiful French-speaking Caribbean island known for its white-sand beaches, luxurious hotels, duty-free shopping and stunning views.
Canadian’s only need to bring a negative PCR test with them to be admitted.
Here is everything you need to know about St. Barth’s Reopening
The beautiful island nation of Saint Lucia reopened for Canadian travellers on June 4th.
Canadians are required to bring a negative covid test, taken no longer than 5 days before departure in order to board their flight to Saint Lucia.
Here is everything else you need to know about Saint Lucia’s reopening for Canadians
St. Maarten reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020
Canadians will need to bring a negative PCR test taken no longer than 120 hours before arrival.
Here’s everything we know about St.Maarten reopening to Canadian tourists.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines officially reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020
Canadians will have to answer a health questionnaire before arriving, and also agree to be tested upon arrival.
Air Canada usually has direct flights, but they have not yet resumed.
Read more about the reopening of St. Vincent and The Grenadines for Canadian tourists
Tanzania reopened for Canadian tourists at the start of June.
Fancy a safari? Or how about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Maybe just laying on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar? The African nation of Tanzania will allow tourists to come and do all of the above.
No testing, no quarantines!
Note: There are no direct flights from Canada to Tanzania.
Read more about Tanzania reopening and what there is to do there.
Tunisia is permitting Canadian tourists to visit as of June 27, 2020
This resort destination in Northern Africa usually attracts tourists from the UK, but since Forbes recently listed Tunisia as one of 7 top tourist destinations in a post-covid world, Canadians are wanting to give it a try!
In order for Canadians to be granted entry, they need to bring a negative covid test within 72 hours of boarding and complete an online health declaration form.
TunisAir has a Montreal direct, but it has not yet resumed.
Learn more about Tunisia’s reopening for tourism here
Turkey has now reopened for Canadian tourists
Under normal ‘pre-covid’ rules, Canadians do need to apply for an e-visa before traveling to Turkey, and their visa site is now operational again.
Direct flights are now available from Montreal and Toronto on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul.
Update December 28: Starting Dec 28, 2020, ALL passengers entering Turkey will need to present a 72-hour negative PCR test.
Learn more about Turkey’s Reopening here
Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos reopened June 22, 2020
Canadians can head down to the Turks and Caicos late July, but only by flying in, as the cruise ports are staying closed until September.
A negative PCR test is required, no older than 5 days before arrival.
Read more about the Turks and Caicos reopening for tourism
Uganda officially reopened both air and land borders on October 1st. Canadians are welcome to visit.
All passengers will need a 72 hour negative PCR test to enter, and another PCR test in order to leave the country.
Read more about Uganda Reopening For Tourism
As of December 15, 2020 the UK has made this list. This is because previously the UK was requiring all arrivals to quarantine for 14 days.
Now, as of December 15 with the launch of their new ‘test to release’ program, all arrivals have two options:
- Quarantine for 10 days
- OR, take a PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine to be released early.
See all the updated entry requirements for the United Kingdom
Canada keeps moving between Ukraine’s ‘Green List’ and ‘Red List’ for entry, depending on the epidemiological situation of the day.
When it’s on the Green List, entry is easy with no tests and quarantines. When it’s on the red list a 48-hour negative PCR test is needed for entry.
Read all entry requirements and details about Ukraine Reopening For Tourism
Contrary to popular belief, the USA is open to Canadian tourists.
Canadians are allowed to travel to the States, but they have to fly in. The land border between the two countries is still closed.
Starting on January 26, 2021 ALL passengers arriving into the USA by air must bring proof of a negative Covid test, performed within 72 hours. The test can be PCR or rapid antigen.
Read more about visiting the USA as a Canadian and what tourist attractions are currently open.
U.S. Virgin Islands
On June 1, 2020 the US Virgin Islands (think St. Croix and St. Thomas) have reopened and are allowing Canadian tourists!
Right now there are no direct flights there from Canada, but Canadians can transit through Atlanta, Miami, New York, Houston, Charlotte or Fort Lauderdale to get to the islands. In fact, currently, the USVI’s are only allowing Canadians in if they are coming directly from the USA.
A negative PCR test is required, no older than 5 days of arrival.
Here’s more on the USVI’s reopening
Zambia has now reopened for tourism and is welcoming Canadians.
Tourist will need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 14 days of departure, and they do not have to quarantine upon arrival.
There are no direct flights to Zambia from Canada, but travelers can easily transit through Istanbul.
See more on Zambia reopening for tourism.
Countries Recently Removed
Here are some nations that were previously allowing Canadian tourists, but have since removed them due to high case numbers.
- Czech Republic
Countries Allowing Canadians, but with a 14-day quarantine
Here are some nations that are still allowing Canadian tourists, but require them to quarantine for 14-days upon arrival:
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