The federal government announced today that it plans to allow fully vaccinated tourists to visit Canada again soon.
Now Ottawa says so — starting August 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET. Fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents living in that country will be able to visit Canada without the need for a two-week quarantine.
The government said it plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers from all other countries to enter Canada on September 7.
From August 9, a government official speaking on the background of reporters said that children under the age of 12 – who have not yet been approved to receive a vaccine – will be exempted from the quarantine requirements after entering Canada and can move around with their parents. If they follow public health measures.
The official said these children should avoid group spaces such as school, camps and daycares – especially indoor ones.
How this restriction applies to tourist destinations is still unclear.
“The key here is for parents or any travelers coming to Canada to understand what the requirements are and plan accordingly,” the official said.
“They probably attend tourist sites or activities – as long as things are outdoors, I think the risks are limited.”
Adults entering will need to provide proof (either in English or French) that they have received a full round of one of the vaccines approved for use in Canada. This means two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca products, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before arrival.
All travelers must use the government’s ArriveCAN portal to submit their information. If they meet the government’s criteria, they will not have to be quarantined upon arrival in Canada.
Foreign visitors will also have to follow public health measures at the provincial and territorial levels.
Travelers will still need to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test result before arriving in Canada.
However, today the government announced that it plans to launch a new monitoring program at airports and land border crossings from August 9. Fully vaccinated individuals will not need post-arrival testing unless they are randomly selected to complete molecular COVID-19. Exam.
“This strategy allows the Canadian government to continue to monitor variables of concern in Canada and vaccine efficacy,” says a government press release.
Even if they think they will be exempt, all fully vaccinated travelers will still need a quarantine plan in the event a border official discovers they do not meet the necessary requirements.
Unvaccinated or unvaccinated travelers will still need to quarantine for 14 days.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of an earlier easing of restrictions on Canadians. As of July 5, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents were able to bypass the 14-day quarantine requirements.
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The White House has yet to announce a reciprocal deal for the Canadians.
“We continue to review our travel restrictions. Any decisions about reopening travel will be directed by our public health and medical experts,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said today.
“We take this very seriously, but we look to our medical experts and direct them. I will not look at it with mutual intent.”
Besides the rule change allowing fully vaccinated Americans to cross into Canada, a number of other changes will be rolled out on August 9.
The Canadian government closed its borders to foreign travelers and cracked down on non-essential workers in March 2020. It later introduced a rule requiring hotel accommodations for air travelers awaiting test results.
The government announced today that it has scrapped the government-mandated three-night hotel stay requirement for all travelers on August 9.
As part of the primary prevention measures against COVID-19, the government has restricted incoming international flights to only four airports.
From August 9, international flights carrying passengers will again be allowed to land at the following airports: Halifax Stanfield International Airport; Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport; Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport; Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and Edmonton International Airport.
A Transport Canada official said the department is working with other airports to resume international flights.
Transport Canada also announced that it has extended the notice to pilots restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until August 21.