Will Vaccine Passports Likely Affect Your Immigration?

Will Vaccine Passports Likely Affect Your Immigration?

No. The idea of a vaccine passport is still in the idealization stage and any decision to implement it will require the active collaboration of G7 countries which includes Canada.

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Otherwise referred to as an immunity passport, these documents refer to paper or electronic documents that show that someone has received vaccination against COVID-19. Based on which the entry of an individual to the country is decided.  

As for the Canadian government, the Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) has already affirmed that any decision on giving vaccinated individuals certain privileges will be based on reliable scientific evidence, which is yet to be gathered. 

Gauging the general public perception of exclusion by means of immunity passports, a study by Leger360 revealed that about 64 per cent of Canadians would support the introduction of the vaccine passport system. They would agree with their government to introduce a system for proof of vaccination for participation in public gatherings. Further, about 82 per cent of the respondents favor supporting their government to impose proof of vaccination for non-Canadians entering Canada. 

This is also to suggest that vaccine passports could be a possibility in near future. 

Travelling To Canada For Jobs & Study

Fortunately, Canada is allowing essential travellers to enter the country. Those travelling for reasons such as entertainment, tourism are still banned. 

Essential travellers include permanent residents and their family members, certain categories of temporary foreign workers, and international students attending a designated learning institution that has a COVID-19 readiness plan. 

Visit this government webpage to see a list of everyone who is exempted. 

Canada is not accepting vaccine passports. However, international travellers are required to undergo a negative COVID-19 test, 72 hours before travelling to Canada. They will also be required to take another test upon arrival in Canada.

While they wait for the test results, those travelling by air are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for three nights, at their own expense. Thereon, they can proceed to their final destination where a mandatory 14-day quarantine plan has to be followed. 

This particular step is criticized as being expensive and unfair by the federal COVID-19 panel. However, the panel maintained that there should still be a mandatory quarantine period for incoming travellers.

If you’re planning to study abroad or switch jobs for better career opportunities, consider Canada. Canada is ideal for immigration and at CanApprove, we provide all necessary visa counselling and visa documentation services.

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