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Government of Canada Announces Easing of Border Measures for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Government of Canada Announces Easing of Border Measures for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

As more people worldwide are getting vaccinated, Canada is once again readjusting its travel restrictions in aims to eventually reopen its borders completely. Canada plans to take a risk-based and slow approach to reopening, thus easing its restrictions in phases.

Canada – U.S. Border

On August 9, 2021, Canadian permanent residents in America and American citizens alike will be able to travel to Canada, provided that they meet a set of safety requirements. Of course, the most important requirement for non-essential travel into Canada is having full vaccination status (for at least 14 days prior to entering Canada). For a list of accepted vaccines, make sure to review our last blog post on Canada’s travel restrictions [1].

*Note: Accepted vaccines are subject to change, however at this moment they remain the same as the vaccines outlined in our previous blog post.

Further, it is required that those entering Canada through the U.S. border check in on the ArriveCAN app or website [2]. ArriveCAN a) informs you whether or not you are eligible to enter Canada, and b) provides specific guidelines and rules you must follow if you are eligible to enter Canada. For example, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon entering Canada, as everyone previously had to do. Keep in mind that while hotel stay requirements will be lifted for all travellers regardless of vaccination status, quarantine requirements will be lifted only for those eligible.

Please be informed, if you are among the travellers who do not need to quarantine, you must still be prepared to provide a quarantine plan.

One restriction that will still apply to vaccinated travellers is COVID-19 testing, however COVID-19 testing rules will be adjusted in wake of easing restrictions. Starting August 9, 2021, COVID-19 testing for vaccinated travellers will not be mandatory, but will be done at random. Those selected for a random COVID-19 test must comply regardless of their vaccination status.

Canada – U.S. Border: U.S. Restrictions

While Canada is loosening up on travel restrictions for Americans, the same rules do not apply to Canadians entering America.

Canadians planning to enter the States via land travel will not be able to do so until August 21st, 2021, provided that the U.S. does not push back the date. For the time being, Canadians may enter the States via air travel if they can provide a negative COVID-19 test 3 days prior to travelling, or proof from a medical professional that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days prior to travel.

International (Non-American) Travellers

On September 7, 2021, Canada’s borders will be open to international travel for those who meet our eligibility requirements. The most important requirement for non-essential travel into Canada is having full vaccination status (for at least 14 days prior to entering Canada). For a list of accepted vaccines, make sure to review our last blog post on Canada’s travel restrictions [1].

*Note: Accepted vaccines are subject to change, however at this moment they remain the same as the vaccines outlined in our previous blog post.

Further, it is required that those entering Canada check in on the ArriveCAN app or website [2]. ArriveCAN a) informs you whether or not you are eligible to enter Canada, and b) provides specific guidelines and rules you must follow if you are eligible to enter Canada. For example, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon entering Canada, as everyone previously had to do. Keep in mind that while hotel stay requirements will be lifted for all travellers regardless of vaccination status, quarantine requirements will be lifted only for those eligible.

Please be informed, if you are among the travellers who do not need to quarantine, you must still be prepared to provide a quarantine plan.

**Note: The information above applies ONLY to air travel. Driving to Canada from the U.S. will be met with a different set of rules.

One restriction that will still apply to vaccinated travellers is COVID-19 testing, however COVID-19 testing rules will be adjusted in wake of easing restrictions. Starting August 9, 2021, COVID-19 testing for vaccinated travellers will not be mandatory, but will be done at random. Those selected for a random COVID-19 test must comply regardless of their vaccination status.

Preparing for Travellers

In an effort to be as prepared for the influx of travellers as possible, Canada is opening 5 new airports up to international travel. There will be a total of 9 airports which international travellers can fly to, including:

  • Montréal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport

End Goal?

The government of Canada is engaging in a risk-based and slow approach to reopening as they anticipate fully reopening borders (with restrictions) by September 7, 2021. With new variants of the virus on the rise, Canada remains hopeful, yet cautious in being able to fully reopen borders. Despite border restrictions slowly easing up, the Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to not engage in non-essential travel. The COVID rates, vaccination rates, and prevalence of dangerous variants vary from country to country, thus border restrictions are subject to change.

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