As of 05 July 2021, if you are a fully vaccinated traveller who are exempt from border restrictions, you can now skip quarantine. In addition, you would not need to do the day-eight testing. If you are arriving by air, you do not need to stay at a government-authorized hotel to await your on-arrival test result. However, children and dependent adults who have not been vaccinated must still quarantine for 14 days but not in a hotel.
If you are eligible for this exemption, you must still submit all the necessary COVID-19 information to ArriveCAN before travelling. In addition, you will need a paper or digital copy of your proof of vaccination, and a quarantine plan.
If you test positive after having recovered from COVID-19, you must provide the result of a positive test taken between 14 and 90 days before your departure. Travel restrictions are still in place for those who have not received a full dose of an approved vaccine.
Travel Restrictions Exemption
Although the border is opening up to approved permanent residents, it will continue to be closed to non-essential travel. These border restrictions are currently in place until July 21. There are a number of exemptions to the restrictions.
You may be exempt if you are a
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident
- family member of one
- temporary foreign worker
- international student going to an approved institution.
In addition, Canada will allow you to come for compassionate reasons e.g. a funeral.
What Fully-vaccinated Travellers Need To Know
To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received the recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before your arrival day in Canada. The vaccines must be one of the ones Canada has approved. These include:
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
You can check the government of Canada’s webpage for more information on this. The proof of vaccination documents must be in English or French, or come with a certified translation.
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