Travel Restrictions To Canada Extended To June 21
Canada has extended the travel restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Travel continues to be restricted from all countries, including the U.S., through to June 21 The Canadian border closed for non-essential travel more than one year ago. For the first time since, an end to the travel restrictions is in sight.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on May 18, that the southern border with the U.S. may reopen once three quarters of Canadians are vaccinated.
Canada is still maintaining the flow of essential trade and travel. The travel restrictions are only in place for non-essential travel, such as for entertainment, shopping or tourism.
At the moment, certain individuals are exempt from the travel restrictions. This includes Canadians, permanent residents, and their family members. In addition, certain temporary foreign workers, as well as international students attending a learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan are also exempt.
Travellers coming to Canada are required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before arriving in Canada.
They will also need to take another test when they arrive. Travellers will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for three days until their results come out.
Anyone coming to Canada will need to quarantine for 14 days. The three day hotel stay can count towards your 14 day requirement. Compassionate travellers may apply to be released early from quarantine to attend a funeral, or to care for a loved one.
Vaccination In Canada
Canada has begun its largest mass vaccination program in history with COVID-19 inoculations getting underway across the provinces and territories.
Four vaccines, developed by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, have been authorized for use in Canada to date.
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The Largest Border In The World May Open
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government have begun working towards reopening the Canada-U.S. border, according to Bloomberg.
However, discussions are just getting started, and a reopening of the border may not be imminent just yet.
One approach would be to adopt a new system that allows vaccinated people to travel between the two countries without the need for COVID-19 testing or for the mandatory 14-day quarantine. This is being considered, according to an unnamed source speaking to Bloomberg.
This would be in line with Health Minister Patty Hajdu saying that Canada will be considering the use of “vaccine passports” that would allow vaccinated people to travel. There are some obstacles that need to be considered first, such as the measures that are appropriate for those who are vaccinated by vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.
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