Fully Vaccinated Canadians Exempt From Quarantine as of July 5th

Fully vaccinated Canadians who test negative for COVID-19 can soon enter the country by land or air without having to quarantine.

The federal government made the announcement on June 21st, saying to qualify as “fully vaccinated” means Canadians have to be vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca or one dose of Janssen.

The “no quarantine” rule begins July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST but only to people already eligible to travel to Canada, including citizens, permanent residents and people registered under the Indian Act.

“This is the first phase of our precautionary approach to easing Canada’s border measures. At this time we are not opening up our borders any further,” Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental affairs, said at a press conference.

Travellers must submit their vaccine information to the ArriveCan app before their arrival at the border, and must also take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival at the border, take a second test upon arrival and have a quarantine plan in the event the arrival test comes back positive.

If you test negative for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated you are exempt from quarantine, government-authorized hotel stays and taking a COVID-19 test on day eight.

Those who aren’t eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine — such as children under 12 years old — still face travel restrictions.

For example, non-vaccinated children under 18 or dependent adults travelling with them will be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine stays. However, children still have to quarantine for 14 days at home, however fully vaccinated parents do not need to isolate with them.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will still face travel restrictions, such as mandatory hotel stays when they land by air.

Travel restrictions for foreign nationals remain in place.

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