Canada has announced that visitors from the United States will once again be able to enter the country from August 9, 2021 — if they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Foreign nationals have been prohibited from entering the country for non-essential reasons for around 16 months, as part of Canada’s coronavirus travel restrictions. Now,
Fit-to-fly certificates, health declaration forms, and COVID vaccine passports are among the varying COVID-19 requirements that arriving passengers must now meet to gain entry to a destination when traveling abroad.
A large number of governments and authorities worldwide have introduced these measures in order to facilitate travel during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and contain the spread of the disease. Below you can learn about the difference between these documents, and how to obtain them online in advance of departure for your destination.
What Are Travel Health Documents?
Travel health documents for coronavirus, also known as fit-to-fly medical certificates, certify that the holder has recently tested negative for COVID-19. They confirm that a traveler has been deemed healthy enough to visit an international destination by a medical professional, and has not displayed any symptoms of coronavirus prior to departure.
Travel health certificates have become a mandatory requirement to visit a number of countries across the world during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They have been introduced with the aim of preventing the further spread of COVID-19 across international borders.
They may be requested by an airline before the traveler is permitted to board a flight, as well as by immigration authorities on arrival at a border checkpoint of the destination.
COVID-19 travel health certificates should not be confused with certificates of good health for pets, also known as a veterinary certificate or a zoo sanitary certificate. These act as proof of inoculation for pets when transporting animals between different countries.