Travel Restrictions Begin Easing For fully Vaccinated Canadian Travelers


Canada’s first phase of easing travel restrictions has begun on Monday morning.

Beginning on Monday, July 5th at 12:01 a.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers, arriving by land or air, who are eligible to enter Canada and who comply with specific criteria will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test, the federal government said in a news release.

In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized accommodation (GAA) to await their on-arrival test result.

Those arriving by air do not need to stay at a government-authorized hotel to await their on-arrival test result.

Children and dependent adults who have not been vaccinated must still quarantine for 14 days. Even if they are arriving with fully vaccinated travellers. However, they do not have to quarantine in a hotel.

These changes are only applicable to fully vaccinated travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada. This means those who enter by right (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act) as well as foreign nationals who are eligible for entry under the following Orders in Council: Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States; Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States.

To benefit from the reduced public health measures, travellers must:

1)     Be eligible to enter Canada;

2)     Be fully vaccinated: To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

3)     Meet all criteria to be considered for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption such as providing proof of a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test before boarding a plane or arriving at the land border and, submitting mandatory information including a digital proof of vaccination in English or French in ArriveCAN.

Fully vaccinated travellers must submit their mandatory information including their digital proof of vaccination in English or French using ArriveCAN (either via the App or the Web portal) before arriving at the border. Travellers will be able to upload their proof of vaccination into ArriveCAN in the new version which will be released on July 5th as of 12:01 a.m. EDT. Travellers must use the most up-to-date version released on July 5th in the Google Play Store and the App Store for iPhone. If travellers are unable to enter their information themselves, they can have a friend or family member enter the information for them.

Those who are still testing positive after having recovered from COVID-19 must also provide a positive test taken between 14 and 90 days before their departure.

Travel restrictions are still in place for those who have not received a full dose of an approved vaccine. Although the border opened up to approved permanent residents, it continues to be closed to non-essential travel. These border restrictions are currently in place until July 21.


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