Canada ends inflight masking and all pandemic restrictions

From 1 October, Canada will end its vaccination and inflight masking requirement, as travel returns to pre-COVID conditions.

Canada has become the latest country to scrap its COVID-era restrictions for inbound travellers, which will take place from Saturday, 1 October 2022 onwards. 

As the pandemic situation has continued to evolve, adjustments to border measures have been informed by the latest evidence, available data, operational considerations, and the epidemiological situation, both in Canada and internationally.

Today the Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022.

-Canadian Government

This involves the ending of vaccination requirements and inflight masking mandates, as well as random on-arrival testing. There will be no more requirement to complete the ArriveCAN health declaration either.

Canada ends all COVID-era travel restrictions

Canada is ending all COVID-19 restrictions from 1 October 2022

From 1 October 2022, all travellers, regardless of nationality, are no longer required to:

  • submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
  • provide proof of vaccination
  • undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
  • carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation
  • monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada

As a reminder, international tourists to Canada are currently required to be vaccinated. Exemptions exist for children aged below 12, provided they are accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians.

Canada will also end its programme of randomly selected on-arrival testing, which fully vaccinated traveller were not exempt from. Randomly selected individuals would be required to complete an antigen test with an approved provider by the day after arrival, with noncompliance liable to fines and other penalties. 

The requirement to wear masks on trains and aircraft will be removed, which means that passengers on the SQ48 flight to Vancouver departing from 2 October 2022 onwards (remember, Vancouver is 15 hours behind Singapore) can go mask-free.

Here’s a quick reminder of which Singapore Airlines flights will require masks from October onwards.

😷 Mask Requirements for SIA Flights
(effective 1 October 2022)
  To From Airport
North America
Canada No No No
United States No No No
Denmark No No No
France No No No
Germany No No No
Italy No No No
Netherlands No No No
Spain Yes Yes No
Switzerland No No No
Turkey No No No
United Kingdom No No No
North Asia
China Yes Yes Yes
Hong Kong Yes Yes Yes
Japan No No Yes
South Korea Yes Yes Yes
Taiwan No No Yes
Southeast Asia
Brunei No No No
Cambodia Yes Yes Yes
Indonesia Yes No Yes
Malaysia Yes Yes Yes
Myanmar Yes Yes Yes
Philippines Yes Yes Yes
Thailand No No No
Vietnam Yes Yes Yes
Southwest Pacific
Australia No No No
New Zealand No No No
West Asia, Africa, Middle East
Bangladesh Yes Yes Yes
India Yes Yes Yes
Maldives No No No
Nepal Yes Yes Yes
South Africa No No No
Sri Lanka No No No
United Arab Emirates Yes Yes Yes

Canada is reserving the right to reintroduce these measures at a later time if so needed.


Travel to Canada is back to pre-COVID conditions

Canada will end its mandatory vaccination and masking requirement as well as randomised on-arrival testing and ArriveCAN submissions from 1 October 2022 onwards. This means that all flights between Singapore and North America will be mask-free, unless you happen to be connecting on a carrier that still requires it (e.g. ANA, EVA Air).

It’s notable that while Canada will be lifting its vaccination requirement, the USA has yet to announce any plans to do so. Rumour has it an announcement could come within the next few weeks though, so stay tuned. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
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This is the way. Canada huat ah!


Has the science changed?

Or just the political science?

Good news of course.