The Canadian Covid-19 vaccine mandate for essential workers crossing the border, including truck drivers, will go into effect as scheduled on January 15, 2022. This requirement will apply to all US truck drivers entering Canada. Originally, this was supposed to include all truck drivers regardless of nationality, but Canada reversed course to allow unvaccinated Canadian truckers to cross in from the United States.
Please be advised that for entry into Canada, use of the ArriveCAN app is required. As of Saturday, January 15, 2022, any truck drivers trying to enter Canada must be fully vaccinated with two shots of an accepted Covid-19 vaccine in Canada (except for the Johnson & Johnson single does shot) and must use the ArriveCAN app. Current understanding is that if a driver does not meet both requirements, that driver will be turned away starting January 15th. Currently, booster shots are not required as part of a fully vaccinated series. The Biden Administration’s mandate on foreign drivers entering the US goes into effect on January 22, 2022.
After January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated agricultural and agri-food workers will still be allowed to travel onward domestically to get established in Canada but will also continue to be subject to testing and quarantine.
For more details on the requirements for entry into Canada, please see the following resources:
Canada Vaccine Requirements
Canada Travel Requirements
ArriveCAN App Requirements
Accepted Vaccines in Canada
For more details on the US requirements for foreign nationals, please see the following resources:
DHS Vaccine Requirements Announcement
U.S. Cross Border Vaccine Fact Sheet
U.S. Cross Border Vaccine FAQs
Over two-thirds of the $511 billion in goods traded annually between Canada and the United States travel via truck.
If you are aware of freight delays and supply chain problems specifically due to the border vaccine requirements as these mandates go into effect, please send the information to the Trucking Association of New York.