The first phase of Canada’s relaxation of travel restrictions begins today, July 5.
Fully immunised travellers who are exempt from border restrictions can now escape quarantine as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern. They are also exempt from day-eight testing. Those arriving by plane are not required to remain in a government-approved hotel while awaiting the results of their on-arrival exam.
Children and dependent adults who have not been immunised must still undergo a 14-day quarantine period. Even if they come with fully vaccinated passengers. They do not, however, have to quarantine at a hotel.
Fully vaccinated travellers must be free of COVID-19 symptoms to be eligible for the new measure. Pre-arrival and on-arrival testing are still required. They must also submit the essential COVID-19 information to ArriveCAN before travelling, just like everyone else. They’ll need a written or digital copy of their immunisation certificate, as well as a quarantine plan.
Those who continue to test positive after recovering from COVID-19 must also give a positive test from 14 to 90 days before to travel.
For people who have not gotten a complete dosage of an authorised vaccine, travel restrictions remain in effect. Despite the fact that the border has reopened to approved permanent residents, it remains restricted to non-essential travel. These border restrictions will be in effect until July 21st.
The limits are subject to a variety of exceptions. If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a family member of one, you may be exempt. You can also come to Canada as a temporary foreign worker or an international student attending a recognised institution. You can also come to Canada for humanitarian reasons, such as a funeral. A few additional exceptions exist. The government provides a free online tool to determine whether or not you are permitted to enter the border.
Travelers who have been properly Vaccinated should read this information.
Travellers must have received the recommended dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada to be considered fully immunised. Vaccines must be produced by a company that has been approved by Canada. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen are among them for the time being (Johnson & Johnson). As new vaccines are approved, the Canadian government will update its website.
Travellers can get vaccinated anywhere in the world as long as they get a vaccination from Canada’s “approved” list. Documents proving vaccination must be in English or French, or accompanied by a certified translation.
The vaccines that are accepted and not accepted for complete immunisation status in Canada are listed below.
Vaccines that are accepted:
- Moderna Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) (mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca is a pharmaceutical company based in the United Kingdom (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
- Single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
Vaccines that are now not recognised include:
- Bharat Biotech is a company based in India (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Cansino is a term used to describe a type of (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
- Gamalaya is a term used to describe a (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
- Sinopharm is a pharmaceutical company based in China (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac is a brand of Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Vector Institute is a non-profit organisation dedicated to (EpiVacCorona)
- Others who have not been properly vaccinated
For individuals who aren’t considered “completely vaccinated,” the restrictions remain same. They must still adhere to the quarantine and testing requirements. They must stay at a government-approved hotel if arriving by air to await the results of their on-arrival COVID test.