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Travelling outside of Canada

The Government of Canada is advising Canadians to exercise extra caution when travelling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You should be fully vaccinated by completing a COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada or abroad at least 14 days before travelling. Be aware that although you are better protected against serious illness if you are vaccinated, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you’re unvaccinated, you remain at increased risk of being infected with and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 when travelling internationally. You should continue avoiding non-essential travel to all destinations.

Regardless of your vaccination status:

  • stay informed of COVID-19 activity at your destination, which can vary significantly and change quickly from one country to another and within regions of the country.
  • use personal protective measures (like wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining physical distancing where possible)
  • follow any additional local public health measures while travelling
  • avoid all cruise ship travel outside of Canada
  • check Canadian travel requirements

No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave. Safety and security conditions may change between the date you book your travel and your departure date.

It’s important to remember that if you leave New Brunswick/Canada, it is your responsibility to be aware of Public Health's current requirements when you return.

Get immunized

Ensure you are up to date on your immunizations when travelling outside of Canada.  Don't wait, investigate now so you have plenty of time to protect yourself.

For general information contact World Health or Public Health

Travelling abroad, local work applications and scholarships will sometimes require a medical which requires up-to-date immunizations.  Don't wait - this can be a lengthy process depending on your medical history and where you are travelling to.

Tips to help you navigate travel immunizations

  1. The first and most important thing you need to do is track down your immunization records.  Your parents or family doctor might have these records.  If you went to school in Canada, you can contact public health in your home province in order to obtain record of any immunizations you received during school.  The number for New Brunswick residents is 506-453-5200. If you don’t have any records you will need to be immunized for everything recommended in Canada from birth, potentially at your cost. This process can take several months to complete and can be expensive.
  2. Once you have all available records, speak to a travel clinic or pharmacist to determine what immunizations are required for the area you are traveling to.  UNB has a privately owned & operated pharmacy on campus located inside the UNB bookstore at 29 Dineen Drive.  You can also check for additional pharmacies in the surrounding area.
  3. Once you know what immunizations are required, review the information below to learn where you can get immunized.

Receiving a travel immunization

  • If you used a travel clinic, they will likely administer the vaccinations required while you are there (fees vary).
  • If you went to the pharmacy, most pharmacists can prescribe the vaccinations you require (fees may apply).  There is a small list of vaccinations that the pharmacist cannot prescribe, but can provide you with a list of what you need.  You will need to book an appointment with a practitioner to get a vaccine prescription.  Medicare does not cover these types of appointments, at Student Health a $45 fee (cash or e-transfer only) will apply.
  • Nursing at the UNB Student Health Centre can administer any of the prescribed vaccinations, with a $10 fee / per injection (cash or e-transfer only). A booked appointment is required. Leave enough time for a mandatory 15 minute wait after your injection.  Remember the clinic closes daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.