Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Cdns

  • Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Cdns

Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Cdns

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.

"In other words, foreign national coming to Canada for non-essential purposes will be turned away at our borders", added Blair. "If you are planning to travel internationally this summer, do not forget to check the requirements of the country that you're visiting, and remember that many countries have had to make sudden changes as they cope with rising cases or severe outbreaks", she said Monday.

"It is the travellers responsibility to plan ahead, to understand their obligations, and to ensure that they are eligible".

Homeland Security said in a statement it noted "positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other US agencies in the White House's expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably".

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.

Even so, Canadians and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated won't be able to simply walk through customs. Children under 12 will still be required to quarantine, though they can do so from home.

People are being told to download the "most up-to-date" version of the ArriveCAN app being released on July 5.

Blair said the government will soon announce how it plans to handle travel among those who are fully vaccinated.

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

This first step in a "phased" border reopening changes nothing for travellers who have yet to receive a vaccine, or who have just had one shot. These travellers will still have to abide by the full suite of existing travel measures, including the three-night stay in a quarantine hotel and a 14-day self-isolation, despite a federal panel calling for the quarantine hotel program to cease.

At this time, global flights will still only be allowed to land at four designated airports: Montréal-Trudeau worldwide Airport, Toronto Pearson global Airport, Calgary global Airport, and Vancouver worldwide Airport. The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further said that the border will reopen in phases.

The news comes as many Canadian provinces have hit key vaccination targets - with more than 75 per cent of eligible Canadians receiving at least one dose, and over 20 per cent receiving two.

The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21, according to a tweet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday.

"We recognize that people are anxiously awaiting to reopen the border", Blair said.

In talks between the United States and Canada last week, the US government did not endorse setting a specific threshold to trigger lifting the restrictions, a person briefed on the talks said.