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ATA Update: Canada Vaccine Mandate

11 Jan 2022 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Despite our best efforts for a delay, we expect Canada’s 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 truck drivers entering Canada, regardless of nationality (e.g. U.S. drivers and Canadian drivers returning to Canada). Please be advised that for entry into Canada, use of the ArriveCAN app is required. In other words, starting this Saturday, 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. It is our understanding that if a driver does not meet both requirements, he/she will be turned away starting January 15th.

The Biden Administration's mandate on foreign drivers entering the U.S. goes into effect on January 22, 2022. 

ATA worked with our partners at the Canadian Trucking Alliance to seek relief from these mandates. While we had hoped the U.S. and Canadian governments would heed our concerns on the impact this policy will have on the supply chain, neither government has changed their position on this matter.

Starting this weekend, 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 me the information. This information might be critical as we go forward.

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 U.S. 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


Bob Costello

SVP, International Trade & Cross-Border Operations


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