Canada officially easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers

Canada officially easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers

Effective July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EDT travellers who are now able to enter Canada under the existing rules will be able to do so without having to self-isolate for 14 days, taking a test on day eight, or having to stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival, if they are fully immunized against COVID-19. Then it was said, 75 percent partially vaccinated and 20 percent fully vaccinated was the threshold Canada needed to meet to loosen restrictions.

Most restrictions on cross-border travel will remain in place until at least July 21, federal officials emphasized at a press conference Monday. It could also expedite entry for new immigrants and non-permanent residents like students.

Canada will be lifting most global travel restrictions for Canadians, permanent residents, and certain foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated, starting July 5.

Despite the pressure to reopen the border, Canada said on Friday that it will extend restrictions on non-essential travel at us land borders until at least July 21.

The requirement to be asymptomatic remains, as do the mandatory pre-departure and on-arrival molecular testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those registered under the Indian Act who have received a full course of an approved vaccine will be exempt from the longstanding measure as long as it has been 14 days since their vaccination.

The government said the limited changes represented "a responsible, precautionary approach".

A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for Canada will still be required, as will a second test taken upon arrival in the country.

The changes officially take effect at 11:59 p.m. on July 5.

The government is requiring all travelers - 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".

Vaccines that are now approved by Health Canada for emergency use are those made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further said that the border will reopen in phases.

Travelers will still need to quarantine until they receive the results of the second test.

While trucks and trains continued to move goods, Canada's tourism and travel-related businesses lost an estimated CUS$20 billion (US$16 billion) in revenue previous year, according to one estimate.

Starting Monday, any foreign national who holds a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) may also travel to Canada.

Canadians were counting on the government to proceed slowly, Hajdu said.

Passenger flights from Pakistan will once again be allowed, meanwhile, but the government will preserve a ban on flights from India until at least July 21, officials said Monday.

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.

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