New Update: Travel restrictions easing on July 5th

The federal government announced today that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Canada and not need to quarantine. This measure will begin on July 5th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Canada has also broadened exemptions to include those who have a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) issued after March 18, 2020.

<<Read: COPR holders can now officially immigrate to Canada>>

These news come as some Canadian provinces have hit key vaccination targets — with 75% of eligible Canadians receiving at least one dose.

During the virtual press conference, the officials mentioned that those entering will need to show documents proving they received doses of the vaccines approved in Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country. The proof of vaccination must be in English or French, otherwise, travellers will need a certified translation.

Who is eligible for eased border measures

Fully vaccinated travellers who are:

– Individuals with right of entry (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act).

– Foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada as outlined in the current travel restrictions (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States; Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States).

Foreign nationals who are not eligible for entry under the current Orders in Council will continue to be denied entry to Canada. Generally, this means, fully vaccinated or not, foreign nationals cannot enter for discretionary (non-essential) travel. The Government of Canada is extending, until July 21, 2021,11:59 p.m. EDT, the temporary travel restrictions on discretionary (non-essential) international travel and with the US.

According to Canada’s website, a person who submits false information on vaccination status could be liable to a fine of up to $750,000 or six months imprisonment or both, under the Quarantine Act, or prosecution under the Criminal Code for forgery.

<<Read: Guide for travellers entering Canada during COVID-19>>

New travel restrictions:

– Travellers must electronically submit COVID-19-related information to the ArriveCAN app before arriving.
– They have to meet the pre- and on-arrival test requirements, and be asymptomatic.
– Travellers still have to be exempt from travel restrictions in order to cross the border.
– A quarantine plan is also required. Travellers need to be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.

Final determination regarding exemptions is made by an official representative at the border when entering into Canada. If fully vaccinated travellers are approved, they will be exempt from:

Quarantining or taking a COVID-19 test on day-8
– Staying at a government-authorized hotel

If a fully vaccinated traveller tests positive or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow all local public health requirements, including quarantine or isolation.

What type of vaccine is ok?

The vaccines approved by Health Canada are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Only travellers who received the full series of a vaccine — or a combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, will be allowed to bypass the 14-day quarantine.

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future as evidence becomes available.

COPR holders can travel to Canada as of today, June 21

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced Friday that individuals approved for permanent residence can travel to Canada as of June 21.

A COPR is issued to those who have been approved by IRCC to immigrate to Canada. However, not all the COPR holders have been able to travel to Canada since March 2020, when the government imposed the travel restrictions.

Previously, those who held a valid COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020 were exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. Those who got their COPR after March 18, 2020, could only come to Canada if they met Canada’s travel exemptions or were a resident of the United States moving to Canada permanently.

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