The federal government has announced vaccinated travellers will no longer have to spend 14 days in quarantine when returning to Canada. The new rule could come into play in early July, if Covid-19 statistics continue to improve.
The fed has finally reacted to a report by the Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel, who’s latest recommendations called for the end of quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers earlier this month.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu has said they are aiming for the measures to be introduced in the first week of July. An exact date is yet to be set as there are many contributing factors:
“I will be watching carefully here in Canada and around the world as cases change and as vaccination rates rise,” said Hajdu.
Negative tests will be required at either sides of borders. That means one prior to boarding your flight, and once upon returning to Canada.
‘Fully vaccinated’ means two doses of a vaccine, at least two weeks prior to departure.
A national vaccine passport is under development. Discussion with the European Union and United States is to be taken into account. But, likely won’t be ready in time for early July.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, addressed this issue recently. On the matter, he said:
“I understand how eager people are to put the pandemic behind us and be able to travel once again.… We see the number of cases dropping, we see the situation improving tremendously.
“We’ll have more announcements to make on measures that may be eased for those who’ve had both doses in the weeks to come…. Easing of restrictions will be focused on Canadians who are fully vaccinated.”
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