Federal Vaccine Mandate Requirements for passengers.

Federal Vaccine Mandate Requirements for passengers.
1/4/2022

Federal Vaccination Mandate:
 
Effective November 30, 2021, all air travellers who are 12 years and 4 months of age or older  flying on a domestic, transborder or international flight departing from a specified Canadian airport are required to be fully vaccinated.
A valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination, unless travellers are eligible for one of the limited exceptions.
The mandatory vaccination policy does not apply to international to international connecting travellers staying within the restricted area.
 
-All travellers 12 years of age plus 4 months and older, boarding any flight from a specified airport in Canada:
(1)  cannot board an aircraft unless they confirm that they are fully vaccinated or meet an exception.
(2)  must have and carry with them proof of their vaccination , to be provided to the air carrier, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) or Transport Canada upon request.
(3)  must submit a request to be considered for an exception within the specified timeframe.
(4)  may be liable to a monetary penalty if they knowingly provide false or misleading information.
 
The type and manufacturer of the vaccine. It must be one of the following, or an acceptable combination of:
-  Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty (tozinameran, BNT162b2)
-   Moderna Spikevax (mRNA-1273)
-  AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, AZD
-  Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
-  Sinopharm (also referred to as Covilo)
-  Sinovac (also referred to as Coronavac)
-  COVAXIN
 
•  The date the traveller received their last dose. This date must be at least 14 full days prior to their date of travel. For example, if the last dose was administered on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that the traveller would
meet the 14 day condition)
 
The following exceptions are noted directly with the Interim Order:
 
Group #1: Air Carrier  Administered Temporary Exceptions  for Passengers
Travellers must apply directly to the air carrier in advance of their flight to be considered for the following set of limited exceptions to the vaccination mandate, in order to obtain the necessary approval documents.
1-  Medical inability to be vaccinated Form
2-  Sincerely held religious belief Form
3-  Essential medical services and treatment (including those requiring an escort) Form
In the cases where the traveller presents proof of documentation to support the following exceptions, they must also have a valid COVID-19 molecular test result.
Travellers must provide the following information to the air carrier to apply for these exceptions:
•  Name of person seeking exception
•  Address of person seeking exception
•  Name and address of person making the request (if different from the person seeking the exception)
•  The date of the flight (s)
•  The aerodrome of departure
•  The aerodrome of arrival
•  The flight(s) number
 
 
All requests and forms must be submitted to Egyptair via  email [email protected]  .
The air carrier will notify the applicant if an exception request is approved or refused in advance of check-in/boarding.
Travellers without confirmation of an approved exception request will not be issued a boarding pass and will not be permitted to board. Travellers may re-apply for exception requests within the time period required by the air carrier in advance of the planned date of departure only if they are providing additional information on their medical condition.
For travellers claiming a medical contraindication, the form must be signed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and indicate that the person seeking the exception cannot complete a COVID-19 vaccination regimen due to a medical condition.
The license number of either the medical doctor or nurse practitioner must also be provided.
This request must be made by the traveller 21 days in advance of the scheduled departure date. 
 
A traveller may qualify for a temporary exception due to medical inability to be vaccinated in order to travel within or depart Canada if they have:
1. Certified medical contraindications to full vaccination against COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine:
• A history of anaphylaxis after previous administration of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (and noting that most people who experienced a severe immediate allergic reaction after a first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can safely receive future doses of   the same or another mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after consulting with an allergist or another appropriate physician); and/or
• A confirmed allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG), which is found in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (note that if a person is allergic to tromethamine which is found in Moderna, they can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech product).
2. Medical reasons for delay of full vaccination against COVID-19:
• A history of myocarditis/pericarditis following the first dose of an mRNA vaccine; and/or
• An immunocompromising condition or medication that requires waiting to vaccinate when immune response can be maximized (i.e., waiting to vaccinate when immunocompromised state or medication is lower).
3. A medical condition precluding full vaccination against COVID-19 (not covered above), as briefly described by the medical physician or nurse practitioner.
 
 
Travellers must submit to Egyptair  the  temporary exception form, signed by a licensed Canadian medical doctor or nurse practitioner. The request must be submitted to email [email protected] .
Forms must be completed 21 days before their initial scheduled departure and in accordance with Egyptair  exception approval process.
The approval provided by the air carrier will be valid only for the single journey, including return trip, provided a traveller is travelling with the same air carrier throughout. A separate request is required for new trips or for boarding travel with other air carriers.
Approval for temporary exceptions for a medical inability to be vaccinated is air carrier-specific. In other words, approval by one airline does not automatically allow the traveller to connect with a different airline, or to transfer to another federally regulated transportation mode.
Travellers are required to carry the confirmation of exception and proof of the air carrier’s approval with them during their travel journey. Travellers with temporary exemptions due to a medical inability to be vaccinated will require a valid COVID-19 test result before boarding.
 
For travellers claiming the need to travel for an essential medical service or appointment, the documentation must include: the signature of a medical doctor or nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in Canada and their accompany licence numbers, the date and location of the appointment/essential service, the date on which the document was signed and an indication if an escort is required (if yes, the name and contact information of this person is required and the reason
the accompaniment is required (e.g., the person is under 18 years of age, has a disability, or needs
assistance communicating).
This request must be made by the traveller 14 days in advance of the scheduled departure date.
 
Travellers must submit a completed exception form, including having it signed by a Canadian licensed medical doctor or nurse practitioner, to the air carrier in order to receive confirmation of a temporary exception from the mandatory vaccination requirement.
This form must be completed 14 days before the initial scheduled departure and in accordance with the air carrier’s exception approval process.
The approval provided by the air carrier will be valid only for the single journey, including return trip, provided a traveller is travelling with the same air carrier throughout. A separate request is required for new trips or for boarding travel with other air carriers.
Approval for temporary exceptions for essential medical care is air carrier-specific. In other words, approval by one airline does not automatically allow the traveller to connect with a different airline, or to transfer to another federally regulated transportation mode.
Travellers are required to carry the confirmation of exception and proof of the air carrier’s approval with them during their travel journey. Travellers with temporary exceptions due to essential medical services and treatment will require a valid COVID-19 test result before boarding.
 
For travellers claiming a sincerely held religious belief, the form must be signed by a person appointed as a Commissioner of Oaths in Canada and  must include a description of how the belief renders them unable to be vaccinated. 
 
This request must be made by the traveller 21 days in advance of the scheduled departure date.
 
An approved exception is valid for one return trip. Subsequent trips will require a new application.
Other exceptions that do not require pre-approval in advance from an air carrier but requires a COVID-19 molecular test result.
 
In the cases where the traveller presents proof of documentation to support the following exceptions, they must also have a valid COVID-19 molecular test result:
 
1)  Foreign Nationals: a foreign national who is leaving Canada to return home or to go to another country is exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated i to board an aircraft.
This provision allows foreign nationals to be able to leave Canada to return home or to continue travelling as the intent of the federal vaccination mandate is not to strand foreign nationals in Canada. However, given the highly publicized rules that are now implemented, it is expected that this exception will only be in place until February 28, 2022, at which time it is anticipated that all foreign nationals would need to be fully vaccinated to board a flight in Canada, whether travelling domestically or internationally.
 
2)  Foreign Flight Crew: foreign flight crew are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated, when deadheading or repositioning on a different airline. Additionally, if foreign flight crew are travelling to take mandatory training they are also part of this exception. To be considered for this exception foreign crew must show their airline ID, be in uniform, or have
documentation from their employer (i.e., air carrier) confirming that they are in fact foreign flight crew or travelling to become crew.  Please note it is expected that on January 15, 2021 foreign flight crew will be required to be fully vaccinated per the Canadian definition to enter the restricted area of an airport in Canada.
 
3)  International to Domestic Travel  (foreign nationals only): Under the Public Health Agency of Canada Orders in Council for entry, certain foreign nationals who arrive from an international or trans border last point of departure will be allowed to enter Canada without being fully vaccinated. In this instance, and to allow coherence between the international entry measures and that TC domestic rules, foreign nationals that are permitted to enter Canada are
also allowed to connect to a flight to travel elsewhere within Canada without having proof of vaccination.  In that instance, where the unvaccinated foreign national can demonstrate continuous travel (same 24-hour period as their international inbound flight), they will be allowed to use their boarding pass (from their inbound journey) in lieu of proof of vaccination to board a domestic connecting flight.
Example: a foreign national flying from London, England with a scheduled departure at 06:00 arriving in Toronto at 12:00, and then a connecting to a flight from Toronto to Ottawa scheduled to depart at 17:00, should be allowed onward travel. The foreign national would need to show their boarding pass in lieu of proof of vacation since their inbound flight was at 06:00, and their connecting domestic flight is at 17:00 (within 24 hours). Operators should ensure that they are calculating the 24 hours based on a single time zone (e.g., GMT) for both the schedule departure to Canada and the scheduled departure of the connecting flight in Canada.
 
4)  A person invited by the Minister of Health to assist with COVID -19 response  - A  person who has been asked by the Minister of Health to assist with COVID-19 response efforts are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated. However, they must provide a valid COVID-19 molecular test result and have a letter from the Minister of Health to present to the air carrier
when boarding the flight.
 
5)  A person who provides emergency services (entering Canada to deliver these services) – If a person is travelling for the distinct purpose of delivering emergency services, they are exempted from the requirement to be fully vaccinated. However, they  must provide a valid COVID-19 molecular test result and have document from a government or non-government entity indicating that the traveller was asked to enter Canada to deliver emergency services.
 
6)  A person who has been issued a permanent resident VISA or a temporary resident VISA – if a traveller has been issued a permanent resident VISA, they are exempted from the requirement to be fully vaccinated. However, they must provide a valid COVID-19 molecular test result and present a document from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (such as for new permanent residents, a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document) confirming the traveller has been issued a permanent resident VISA.
 
7)  Diplomatic/Consular affairs – if a person is travelling for the purposes of diplomatic or consular affairs (e.g., an accredited person, a person holding a D1, O1, or C1 visa who is taking up post to become an accredited person, or a diplomatic or consular courier) they are excepted from the requirement to be fully vaccinated. However, they must provide a valid COVID-19 molecular test result and present a document confirming they are boarding the aircraft for the purposes of diplomatic or consular affairs.
 
With respect to provincial or territorial requirements, travellers may be subject to further measures taken by provinces or territories in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is the traveller’s responsibility to be familiar with potential restrictions regarding your final destination point. Links to provincial and territorial COVID-19 information can be found at this link
 
All travellers will be responsible for demonstrating their proof of vaccination prior to boarding their flight in Canada, unless otherwise excepted. In cases where a traveller qualifies for an exception (such as a medical inability to be vaccinated, sincere religious beliefs or essential medical travel, or has obtained a domestic national interest exemption letter from Transport Canada), the traveller will need to provide their proof of exemption approved by the air carrier, as well as a valid COVID-19 molecular test result. If the traveller meets another exception per the Interim Order (i.e., foreign national with onward domestic travel within 24 hours, a departing foreign national, resettled refugee, accredited diplomats etc.), the traveller must demonstrate the necessary evidence as identified in the Interim Order and provide a valid COVID-19 molecular result.
 
 
Note :
The following are considered a licensed medical doctor or nurse practitioner:
• Family doctor
• Nurse practitioner
• Allergist
• Immunologist
• Cardiologist
• Rheumatologist
• Oncologist
The following are not considered a licensed medical doctor or nurse practitioner:
• Paramedical or alternative health providers (e.g., chiropractor, podiatrist, optometrist, naturopath)
• Registered nurse (RN), registered practical nurse (RPN), licensed practical nurse (LPN)
• Physician’s assistant (PA)
• Dentist or dental hygienist
• Psychologist




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