Canada to lift most restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers July 5

Yolanda Curtis
June 21, 2021

Canada will be lifting most worldwide travel restrictions for Canadians, permanent residents, and certain foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated, starting in early July.

As well, vaccinated travellers won't be subjected to the controversial three-day mandatory hotel quarantine - a program derided by many experts as a needless and ineffective measure to halt COVID-19 infections from entering Canada via worldwide travel.

Quarantine exemptions only apply for passengers vaccinated with shots now approved by Health Canada - Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson - but with no restrictions on in which country the vaccinations were administered.

In addition to uploading to the app, travellers will also need to retain a copy of their vaccination documentation (either paper or electronic) to be verified at the border. The new rules don't apply to tourists, and non-residents and partially vaccinated Canadians will still need to do the full quarantine.

The government is requiring all travellers - whether arriving by land or air - to now disclose vaccination information at the border including vaccination status and the timing and brand of vaccine received, they say to help identify "vaccine-escape variants".

Travellers will be required to electronically submit proof of their vaccination into the ArriveCAN app prior to their arrival in Canada.

Homeland Security said in a statement it noted "positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other USA agencies in the White House's expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably". At present, less than a fifth of Canadians have received two shots, according to data compiled by CTV News. "If you are planning to travel internationally this summer, do not forget to check the requirements of the country that you're visiting".

If a fully vaccinated traveller does test positive they will be required to follow local public health guidance and quarantine requirements.

The U.S. government held working-group meetings with Canada and Mexico on the travel restrictions last week and plans to hold meetings about every two weeks, U.S. officials told Reuters.

"At this time, the Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel", said Bill Blair, the Minister of Public Safety.

No changes have been made to border measures for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. The border between Canada and the USA remains closed to all nonessential travel.

"In other words, foreign national coming to Canada for non-essential purposes will be turned away at our borders", added Blair.

"Clearly, as those vaccines arrive and as Canadians continue to get in those lines and get vaccines into their arms, we're really optimistic that we can meet that threshold of 75 per cent", he said.

"This could include expanding the number of Canadian airports that are eligible to receive global flights, and I hope to have more to share with you soon", Alghabra explained.

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