The Public Health Agency of Canada stated on July 3 that Canada would remove entrance restrictions for foreign travelers beginning on July 5. Permanent residents, international students, and temporary employees with valid work permits are the ones who benefitted from this announcement on the Canada travel restrictions news.
Passengers who are fully vaccinated can even omit quarantine upon arrival, but they must have taken shots of vaccinations that the Canadian government has given assent to. The travellers will be quarantined in a hotel that the government approves for three days. By then the results of their COVID-19 test will be available. This is applicable to travellers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or those immunized with vaccinations not authorized by the Canadian government. On the eighth day, they are in need to take a second test and also finish a 14-day self-isolation period.
In a tweet, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that fully vaccinated visitors permitted to enter Canada might be excused from federal quarantine and day eight testing beginning July 5. However, it also stated that it would only accept immunizations performed using vaccines licensed by the Government of Canada. So far, Canada has authorized vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Covishield, and Johnson & Johnson. However, Canada has not authorized Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin or Russia’s Sputnik V.
Further, you might be eligible to go to Canada at this time if-
- You intend to study in Canada.
- You’re coming back to Canada as an international student.
- You’re visiting Canada as a family member or as a helper of an international student.
Apart from these, you might be eligible to enter the country if you are a
- Valid Canadian citizen,
- An individual who has dual Canadian citizenship with a valid Canadian passport or special authorization,
- Permanent Canadian resident,
- An individual who is enrolled under the Indian Act of Canada
- A protected person under special authorization.
In another statement, the government stated that from July 5, travelers must submit their immunization status and supporting papers in English or French (or certified translation) to the ArriveCAN portal. On July 5, an upgraded version of ArriveCAN was published, and it was updated in the Canadian news portals.
More information about Canada’s new guidelines are:
- Canada relaxed travel restrictions exclusively for citizens and permanent residents from July 5.
- While waiting for the results of their Covid-19 test, all travellers will be required to quarantine in an approved hotel by the Canadian government for three days after arrival.
- Individuals who have been wholly vaccinated with any of Canada’s authorized vaccinations are not needed to be isolated.
- Direct flights from India have been prohibited in Canada until July 21. Those traveling to Canada through connecting flights will need to produce negative COVID-19 test results from the final point of departure before entering the country.
- As Canada has not given consent for the use of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, an American corporation that is expected to manufacture Covaxin in North America has begun official discussions with the Canadian government for its vaccine approval. However, there has been no positive update on it so far.
- Passengers must provide evidence of immunization to the ArriveCAN site. They must also input their evidence of immunization, quarantine, and travel details into ArriveCAN. They will not be eligible for the exemption if they do not supply the relevant information in ArriveCAN before crossing the border.
Is there still a travel ban to Canada? As per the Canada travel restrictions update, a few countries, namely Afghanistan, North Korea, Chad, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Iran, etc., still have a travel ban to Canada. As for India, the travel ban is on until July 21 or until further notice. However, Canada is likely to lift the travel ban for all vaccinated travelers shortly.