Recent updates to Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions
Most recent updates to Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions & immigration policies
Canada to end quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers as of July 5: As of July 5, Canada will end the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada, but there will still be special measures in place. First, this will only apply to travellers who are “currently permitted to enter Canada.” This means that Canada’s borders remain closed to the vast majority of foreign nationals. Only those who meet one of the exemptions listed below will be able to enter the country, including Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and other essential travellers.
Next, fully vaccinated travellers will still have to undergo some testing. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours pre-departure will still be required for travellers, and fully vaccinated travellers will have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine while awaiting their test results, but all travellers should still have a quarantine plan ready, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.
Travellers will have to submit their proof of vaccination through the ArriveCAN app before travelling to Canada. Only vaccines on the list approved by Health Canada are eligible for this exemption.
COPR-holders can now travel to Canada: As of June 21, those holding a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) can now travel to Canada to activate their status. Full details here.
Canada extends ban on non-essential travel with all countries, including the U.S., until at least July 21: Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21. Even fully vaccinated travellers will be unable to travel to Canada unless they are already permitted to enter Canada under the current travel restrictions. The announcement came in a tweet from Public Safety Minister Bill Blair. As public pressure mounts to open the Canada-U.S. land border, an official announcement with a re-opening plan may take place in the near future.
Please refer below for details on who is exempt from travel restrictions and what is required of individuals entering Canada.
Canada extends bans on flights from India: Canada has extended the suspension of all commercial and private passenger flights arriving in Canada from India until at least July 21.
Canada lifts ban on flights from Pakistan: Canada has lifted the ban on commercial and private passenger flights arriving in Canada from Pakistan.
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