How to get ready for the flight to Canada

Congratulations! You’ve finally received your visa, and Canada is just one flight away, so what’s the next step? Well, before you purchase that one-way ticket out of your hometown, you’ll need to know some crucial information before heading to Canada, and we’ve got it all in this article for you! 😉

Canadian Requirements for a Newcomer

It’s always best to know the formal requirements you’ll need and any further updates on the situation in Canada for immigrants before heading over. If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of Canada’s immigration updates in 2021, you can check out one of our recent articles on just that! 

We’ve given a detailed list of what to gather and who qualifies to visit Canada for travel criteria and exemptions.

Published on August 25, 2021

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Vaccine and Unvaccinated Category:

  • Fully Vaccinated Travelers
  • COVID19 Survivors
  • Minister of Health Officials (Special Circumstances)

Unvaccinated and ALL Others:

  • Athletes
  • Children and Families
  • Crew Members and Armed Forces
  • Cross-Border Workers and Trans-Border Communities
  • Diplomatic Visa Holders
  • Drivers or Transportation Sector
  • Essential Workers
  • Compassionate Travelers
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • International Students
  • Foreign Workers
  • Seamen

Note: In order to travel to Canada smoothly, it’s still always the safer route to be fully vaccinated to avoid complications when entering the country.

Even if you are excluded from quarantine, you must follow Canada’s strict rules during the pandemic.

You are required to:

  • Wear a mask while you are in public places in Canada and record all your close contacts for the first 14 days.
  • Keep an eye on your behavior and well-being for any symptoms of COVID-19.

6 Months Before the Flight to Canada

So you’ve booked your flight, and it’s 6 months before you say farewell to your home. Even if your planned move is still half a year away, it’s still crucial for you to prepare yourself in advance for what is to come upon your arrival to Canada.

  1. Learn how to speak better English or French.
  2. Plan out your official accommodation during your stay.
  3. Obtain all your official documents, such as:

    👩🏻‍🎓 Education Diplomas Birth Certificates

    🩺 Medical Examination Records

    👰 Marriage or Divorce Certificates

    🚗 Driver’s Licenses and Valid Government IDs
A woman holding a Canadian flag looking at a lake in Canada
At 6 months before moving, it's best to improve your English or French speaking skills.

3 Months Before Moving to Canada

At 3 months before your arrival to Canada, you’ll need to start gathering more important items and making more significant decisions; some of these will include:

  • Choosing a universal bank that allows you to withdraw cash anywhere around the world without a transaction fee
  • Start planning the specific date of ending contracts and subscriptions within your home country.
  • Start learning more about your specific location in Canada that you plan to immigrate to.

1 Month Before Moving to Canada

With 1 month left before your flight, it’s best to start fully and physically preparing yourself for the leave, such as:

1. Getting the complete and proper COVID-19 vaccination required by Canada
2. Start making copies of all important documents required for your travel and stay.
3. Give away, let go, or sell the belongings you won’t be needing anymore after you leave, such as furniture, bulky electronics, or unnecessary supplies. Always go “light” during your move, but never forget to bring the essential things.

Get Ready: 1 Week Before Moving Abroad

Your moving date to Canada is closer than you know it! With only 1 more week before your move abroad, you’ll need to make sure to notify specific people about your leave and here’s how:

🍁 Make sure your bank and the nearest social security office knows about your leave.

🍁 Start placing money into your international bank account.

🍁 Make sure to pack the most important things into your luggage before you forget and leave without them.

Woman packing boxes for her move to Canada
Notify the nearest government office that you’ll be moving away temporarily or for good.
Checklist of What You Should Do Before Moving to Canada
Check out our handy checklist with all the steps you'll need to take to move to Canada!

Ready, Steady, Go: Departure Day ✈

THIS IS IT! The day you’ve so longingly been waiting for, Departure Day! For this day, you should train yourself to keep a calm and collected mindset. Moving to another country and especially Canada, can make you feel so many beautiful things. Still, it’s always safe to stay calm, focused and prepare everything you’ll need to show upon boarding and landing the aircraft inside of your carry on luggage. Once that’s all set, the rest is up to you! 💪🏻

Moving to Canada is such a big step. It is not a 1-day process, and we don’t recommend you doing all these requirements last minute. It’s always best to be ready and to have everything you need before your move, which is why we wanted to provide you with all you’ll need to know during the months before your flight and upon departure day.

We believe you can do it and wish you nothing but success during your first few weeks and months upon arrival to the breathtaking land of Canada! 🙋🏻‍♀️🤞🏻

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