The federal government stated today that Canada travel restrictions allow those Canadians who fully vaccinated and permanent residents would be able to enter Canada without having to go through quarantine beginning July 5th.
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The announcement comes as many Canadian provinces have met major immunization targets, with more than 75% of eligible Canadians receiving at least one dose and more than 20% receiving two.
However, properly vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will not be allowed to breeze past customs. Those entering the nation will need to provide paperwork indicating they had doses of immunizations allowed in Canada at least 14 days before to entry, according to officials at a government briefing for journalists.
Quarantine program after restriction reduction
Travellers must electronically submit COVID-19-related information to the government’s ArriveCAN app before arriving, complete pre-and on-arrival test standards, be asymptomatic, and have an appropriate quarantine plan, according to officials.
A government representative at the border makes the final decision on exemptions based on the information provided at the time of entry into Canada, which is why a quarantine plan is still required, according to a government media statement.
Accepted travellers will not be required to quarantine if their applications are approved. Those coming by plane will not be required to stay in a government-approved hotel, and non-vaccinated children or dependent adults accompanying them will be exempt as well.
Children who have not been vaccinated will be allowed to return home with their parents but will be required to quarantine for two weeks, according to an official speaking on the condition of anonymity. The new rules, which take effect on July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET, apply to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, Indian Act participants, and some foreign people who are currently permitted to enter Canada, such as international students.
Border rules for travellers who are not completely vaccinated have not changed. Those who arrive by plane must stay in hotel quarantine for up to three days pending a negative arrival test, then quarantine at home for the remaining 14 days and take a test on day eight of their self-isolation period.
More vaccines will result in a “substantial loosening” of border controls
During a Monday interview on CBC’s Power & Politics, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair hinted at the next phases in Canada’s border reopening.
Blair stated that the government’s current goal is to have 75% of the population completely vaccinated, at which point Canada’s border security procedures might be relaxed further. The payoff for Canadians, and for all of us, is that once we achieve that threshold, we’ll be able to tolerate considerable border [Canada travel restrictions], Blair told David Cochrane of the CBC.
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When the country reaches a vaccination rate of 75%, Canada may be able to welcome completely vaccinated visitors.
I believe that means loosening limits on fully vaccinated travellers and lifting the present ban on non-essential travel, according to Blair, who added that such a move would be made in cooperation with public health professionals.