In a recent interaction with the media, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted that his government could lift more restrictions in the weeks to come, once more people are fully vaccinated.
Starting today, July 5 at 12:01 am, Canada is allowing fully vaccinated foreign travellers to enter Canada without mandatory quarantine or taking a COVID-19 test on day-8. The requirement for those travelling by air to quarantine themselves at a government-authorized hotel is also made obsolete. These new measures will apply to fully vaccinated international students.
Such foreign travellers include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, family members, temporary foreign workers, international students going to an approved school, and others.
Travellers must have completed the recommended course of vaccines approved by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). The World Health Organization (WHO) calls for uniform approval of all vaccines recognized by it and against the selective bias towards certain vaccines like Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech (India).
Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
Use of ArriveCAN Mandatory
Soon when the pandemic first came to light, Canada launched a dedicated mobile & desktop application, ArriveCAN to collect information about travellers willing to enter the country. Owing to fresh relaxations, there will be a new update to the ArriveCAN app starting July 5 in the Google Play Store and the App Store for iPhone. It is also available on the desktop.
“Fully vaccinated travellers must use the new version to upload their proof of vaccination. Those who can’t do it themselves can enlist friends and family members to do it on their behalf, the government says.”
The authorities expect the necessary documents to be made available to them in English or French. A certified translation in either official language is also acceptable.
Border Restrictions Still In Place
In a press release last month, Canadian border restrictions were extended till July 21. No tourists are still allowed to come to Canada. Canada is also not fully open to other foreign travellers. Those who are not fully vaccinated continue to be subjected to prevailing restrictions. For non-vaccinated travellers, pre-arrival, on-arrival, and day-eight COVID tests will continue. It will also include a mandatory 14-day quarantine plan.
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