The day is finally upon us! After nearly 16 months of isolation, Canada is finally starting to loosen border restrictions.
For the first time, in well over 400 days, Canadians can travel internationally if “fully vaccinated”. Travellers, allowed entry to Canada, can now completely skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
To meet the definition of “fully vaccinated”, travellers must have received two doses of the following: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Johnson & Johnson (one dose). Combinations of vaccines will have to be pre-approved by Health Canada and administered at least 14 days prior to travel.
“I think it’s really important that we are moving forward on allowing people who are currently allowed to come into Canada to be able to do so and not have to quarantine anymore, because they’re double-vaccinated,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“For others, we will be looking at how this works before we open up to next steps, but we will continue to put first and foremost the safety and security of Canadians at the top of everything we do.”
Travellers arriving into Canada will be required submit their vaccine information through the ArriveCAN app. Furthermore, travellers must present no symptoms open re-entry and have a quarantine plan in place should symptoms arise.
Unsure if you can travel?
Children and dependants who have not been vaccinated, currently, must still abide by the 14-day quarantine. This includes those arriving with fully vaccinated carers. However, a hotel stay is not required.
Those that are still testing positive for COVID-19, after recovery, are able to travel if they provide a positive test taken between 14 and 90 days before departure.
If you’re still unsure on whether or not you are free to travel, the government offers an online tool.
What about the US border restrictions?
The Canada-US border still prohibits discretionary travel. However, restrictions are set to expire July 21.
“It’s too soon to say how the rules might evolve by then.” Trudeau said.
“When we start reopening so Americans and others who are fully vaccinated can come into Canada will depend on how this goes — on the data we collect, on how we’re able to keep Canadians safe even as we make adjustments to the rules.”