Published: Tue, June 22, 2021
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Canada lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers starting July 5

Canada lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers starting July 5

If they are deemed eligible, people who are allowed to enter Canada will not be required to complete a day-8 test. Canada expects to have enough vaccine delivered to fully vaccinate every Canadian over the age of 12 by the end of July.

Who is exempt under the new measures?

Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will soon be able to return to Canada without a mandatory quarantine.

All others will still have to stay in hotel quarantine for up to three days pending a negative arrival test, and then quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period.

On Friday, Canada extended the restrictions until at least July 21, though it's expected to announce the easing of some rules Monday for fully vaccinated citizens.

"Fully vaccinated travellers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing", notes the government.

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 global travel.

The app enables travellers to upload their COVID-19 test results and describe to border officers how they plan to quarantine upon arrival.

Fully-vaccinated passengers arriving earlier - even on July 4 - must undergo current quarantine measures, and passengers are still subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says work continues on a proof of vaccination process for Canadians.

Only those who've received two shots of Pfizer's, Moderna's or AstraZeneca's vaccines - or any combination of the two - or one shot of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine, can skip quarantine.

Travellers will have to ensure that they enter their information through the app within 72 hours prior to arriving in Canada.

Vaccinated permanent residents and foreign nationals are also included in the order.

"We are contemplating how we will expand that list, including using the WHO-approved list", Hajdu said, referring to the World Health Organization. Blair's announcement Friday that Canada would extend the border restrictions was met with some unusually blunt language from Brian Higgins, a New York Democrat who represents a border district.

"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. "Being fully vaccinated is critical".

"With no metrics or science presented with today's decision, this is a political decision likely created to discourage travel while giving a talking point for the Liberals to diffuse anger from (the) tourism industry and families separated across borders", Rempel Garner said in a tweet. They must have this documentation for two weeks after entering Canada. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality's entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

"We continue to call on the federal government to implement a single, national system, including proof of vaccination that is recognized by Health Canada and our global allies". Those traveling by air will also no longer need to isolate at a government-approved hotel for three days nor take a second test on day eight after the flight.

This story was updated at 1:43 p.m.

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