Canada to drop all COVID-19 entry requirements: Here’s what that means for our runners

Published On: September 26th, 2022Categories: COVID-19, Latest News From Marathon HQ

This morning, the Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19-related entry restrictions, including testing quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective Oct. 1, 2022. The full announcement can be found here: 

This means that Detroit Free Press Marathon international race participants U.S. residents will no longer have to: 

  1. Provide and carry proof of vaccination at our Health & Fitness Expo. 
  2. Provide and carry proof of vaccination on race day. 
  3. Complete the ArriveCAN form prior to race day.
  4. Carry ArriveCAN registration on race day.

Non-U.S. citizens entering the U. S. for our races may still have COVID-19-related requirements. You can find more information about those here.

The changes announced by the Government of Canada will not impact the Detroit Free Press Marathon’s deadlines for registration, deferrals, transfer or change in category. The deadline to enter this year’s international races was Aug. 24, 2022. That means new international runners are not being accepted at this time.

The deadline to defer 2022 race registrations is Sept. 30, 2022.

“We welcome today’s announcement in time for this year’s return of our international components of the Detroit Free Press Marathon,” said Aaron Velthoven, vice president and executive producer of the Detroit Free Press Marathon. “The lifting of the COVID-19-related entry restrictions will simplify the race preparations for our participants, and is yet another step toward returning our great race to pre-pandemic norms.”

Reminder: All international runners will still need to present their WHTI-compliant document at the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up their race bib. All international runners will still need to carry their WHTI-compliant document during the race.