Canada once more extends travel restrictions

By Canadian Press	
	 		The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday

By Canadian Press The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday

Effective July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EDT travellers who are now able to enter Canada under the existing rules will be able to do so without having to self-isolate for 14 days, taking a test on day eight, or having to stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival, if they are fully immunized against COVID-19.

Travellers will be required to electronically submit proof of their vaccination into the ArriveCAN app prior to their arrival in Canada. Travel restrictions for foreign nationals, including USA citizens, remain in place until at least July 21. It could also expedite entry for new immigrants and non-permanent residents like students.

Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada and not need to quarantine starting July 5, the federal government announced today.

Previously, foreign nationals who held a valid confirmation of permanent residence issued on or before March 18, 2020, were exempt from Canada's travel restrictions.

U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Sunday.

The government said the limited changes represented "a responsible, precautionary approach".

The changes officially take effect at 11:59 p.m. on July 5.

The federal government has laid out its plan to roll back some of its COVID-19 measures, and though it lists some loosening of quarantine requirements for people who've received a full course of a vaccine, it doesn't guarantee anything.

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However, with a negative result, the quarantine and day-8 testing requirement are waived for those fully vaccinated.

Quarantine exemptions only apply for passengers vaccinated with shots now approved by Health Canada - Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson - but with no restrictions on in which country the vaccinations were administered.

"DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other United States agencies in the White House's expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably".

Hajdu was tight-lipped Monday on what would be required before Canada moved to the second phase of border reopening, saying simply the decision would be based on metrics like case rates and vaccination domestically, and the progression of COVID-19, notably the delta variant, internationally.

"Clearly, as those vaccines arrive and as Canadians continue to get in those lines and get vaccines into their arms, we're really optimistic that we can meet that threshold of 75%", he said.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the government is also ending the ban on incoming flights from Pakistan but is extending the flight ban for flights from India for at least another month.

Fully-vaccinated passengers arriving earlier - even on July 4 - must undergo current quarantine measures, and passengers are still subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

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