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Canada lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers starting July 5

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Adrian Cunningham | 21 June, 2021, 18:23

The easing also does not apply to foreign nationals, unless they are already exempted by the border restrictions. "If you are planning to travel internationally this summer, keep in mind to check the requirements of the country that you're visiting, and remember that many countries have had to make sudden changes as they cope with rising cases or severe outbreaks", she said Monday.

If they are deemed eligible, people who are allowed to enter Canada will not be required to complete a day-8 test.

Fully-vaccinated travelers must still take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours before arrival to Canada and use ArriveCAN to enter their information, including a quarantine plan and proof of vaccination. There's no need for a negative PCR test for Covid-19, and no quarantine required. Children under 12 will still be required to quarantine, though they can do so from home.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travellers will have had to have received a full series of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines that have been authorized by Health Canada - Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Johnson & Johnson - at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

Travel restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated remain unchanged.

This first step in a "phased" border reopening changes nothing for travellers who have yet to receive a vaccine, or who have just had one shot.

At this time, global flights will still only be allowed to land at four designated airports: Montréal-Trudeau worldwide Airport, Toronto Pearson global Airport, Calgary global Airport, and Vancouver worldwide Airport.

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Parliamentary members and travel industry leaders have been pleading with the government to re-open the border, which has had devastating economic effects for both countries.

This week, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, held a meeting with the Secretary of National Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, in which they agreed to accelerate the rate of vaccinations at the border to speed up trade, tourism, and travel. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further said that the border will reopen in phases.

Blair said Monday that while the border restrictions-introduced 15 months ago early in the COVID-19 pandemic-were never going to be permanent, a higher rate of vaccinations both in Canada and overseas will be needed before throwing out all global travel limits is safe.

To be considered for the exemption, the travellers must have received a vaccine that is now approved for use in Canada, and must have received all required doses at least 14 days before leaving.

"We recognize that people are anxiously awaiting to reopen the border", Blair said.

Stringent testing and quarantine measures are in place for travelers arriving by air and land.

The new measures announced on Monday will help primarily Canadians living in the USA come home without the added costs and burden associated with the full quarantine.