Canada recently eased quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers who are
exempt from travel restrictions.

As part of Canada’s phased approach to easing border measures, fully vaccinated travellers who are exempt from travel restrictions will not need to quarantine nor will they need to take a COVID-19 test on day-8, beginning on July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Vaccinated travellers coming to Canada before that date will still need to quarantine.

Canadians, permanent residents and their family members as well as some temporary foreign workers and international students who attend an educational institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan are exempt from the travel restrictions.

In addition, holders of a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) are now also exempt and may travel to Canada.

Canada’s health minister Patty Hajdu said that Canada is working on a “proof of vaccination” that will be accepted by the federal government.

To be considered fully vaccinated in Canada, you must have received vaccines approved by the Canadian government. This means you should have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines, or one dose of the Janssen vaccine, or approved combinations, at least 14 days before entering Canada.

If you received two doses from two different provinces, make sure you have the required documentation for both doses.

Here is what you need to know if you are planning to travel to Canada soon.

Before you travel to Canada

You will need to plan your quarantine before coming to Canada, in case you do not meet the entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

Within 72 hours prior to arriving in Canada, you must take a COVID-19 test. You must also pre-register for your COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Make sure you download the ArriveCAN mobile application. You must enter the following details into the application:
• your contact and travel information;
• your quarantine plan;
• your 14-day travel history;
• your proof of vaccination in English or French;
• a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment; and
• a confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result or a positive result taken between 14 and 90 days before travelling.

Bring your documents with you, including a digital or paper copy of proof of vaccination.

The ArriveCAN mobile application is available for download on the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store.

If you do not have a smartphone, or if you will not have data while travelling, you can enter the required information on the ArriveCAN website, and bring a printed copy or screenshot with you.

At the Canada border

When you arrive in Canada, you may be asked to provide information and documents, such as a negative COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination.


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