Canada’s First Phase of Easing Travel Restrictions Begins: Things You Should Know

General information to know before travelling to Canada

Since midnight of July 05, 2021, Canada is allowing fully vaccinated travellers to skip mandatory quarantine on entry. 

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The use of ArriveCAN is mandatory to submit all the necessary COVID-19 related information pre-arrival. They are still subjected to pre-arrival (between 14 and 90 days) and on-arrival testing. 

Travellers are also exempt from previous rules on day eight testing for COVID-19. Air travellers can skip the mandatory stay at a government-authorized hotel to await their on-arrival test result.

The mandatory quarantine for 14-days on arrival to Canada still holds for children and dependent adults who have not been vaccinated, doing away with the mandatory hotel stay. The Canadian border continues to be closed to non-essential travel until July 21. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had earlier announced more relaxation for travellers coming to Canada in the following weeks to come. His government is keen on fulfilling the ambitious immigration levels plan 2021-23 to invite more than 1.2 million new immigrants in the next three years.  

International Students Can Travel to Canada

With the beginning of the new academic year, Canada is allowing international students to travel to Canada to attend classes in their university of admission. Such designated learning centres are required to have a COVID-readiness plan. 

Here is a list of the vaccines that are accepted and not accepted for full vaccination status in Canada.

Accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer (Comirnaty, Tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

Here’s a free online tool to see if you are eligible to enter Canada currently. 

CRS Calculator

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, do not let the travel restrictions deter your plans. Contact CanApprove to improve your chances.

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