On Monday began slowly relaxing border restrictions on fully vaccinated Canadian travelers
After nearly 16 months of strict travel restrictions, Canada has finally begun to relax the rules-but only to a certain few people.
Starting Monday, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents—those who have used a full course of COVID-19 vaccine in Canada—will be able to skip the 14-day quarantine.
Eligible air passengers will also be exempt from the requirement to spend the first three days in hotels approved by the Canadian government.
But the Canadian Border Services Agency issued a warning: If they are not eligible to travel to Canada before Monday, prospective travelers will still be barred from entering the country.
Passengers must use the ArriveCAN app or portal to record their vaccination details and COVID-19 negative test results less than three days before departure.
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The agency said anyone who arrived before Monday will still be required to be quarantined for two full weeks after arrival.
“If you can’t come to Canada on July 4 this year, you can’t enter Canada on July 5-all the restrictions and regulations issued in this regard have not changed,” Denis Vinette said. , Vice President of CBSA, Travelers Chapter.
“However, for those who can come to Canada, this is a very cautious early first step towards delaying or canceling certain border requirements.”
Winett said the agency is eager to ensure that people understand what is changing and what has not changed in order to prevent excessive delays or blockades at border control points.
“I think we can look forward to it, of course in the early days, people believe, you know, July 5th is here, and Canada is now open to tourism, entertainment and things of a similar nature. This is not the case,” he said.
“We are prepared for those types of situations, and they had to deal with this problem from the beginning.”
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The ArriveCAN portal can be accessed through Apple or Android apps, or online through the federal government website canada.ca. Passengers must use the latest version of the app, which will be updated when regulations change.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he believes the CBSA has the tools and personnel needed to respond to Monday’s changes, adding that the government’s priority will always be the safety of citizens.
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Trudeau said: “I think it is very important to allow people who are currently allowed to enter Canada to enter Canada without having to be quarantined again, because they have received a double vaccine.” The second vaccination-this time is Moderna After his first AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccination-Friday.
“For others, we will study how this works before taking the next step, but we will continue to put the safety and security of Canadians at the top of everything we do.”
The mutual travel restrictions between Canada and the United States-prohibiting all free travel between the two countries, while continuing to allow trade, the movement of necessary workers and international students-will expire on July 21.
Trudeau said it is too early to say how the rules will develop by then.
“When we start to reopen so that Americans and other fully vaccinated people can enter Canada, it will depend on the situation — it depends on the data we collect, it depends on how we adjust the rules while ensuring the safety of Canadians. .”