Canada : Travel restrictions to ease from July 5
Canada will commence easing restrictions on those entering the country on Monday but those will only be applicable to certain categories of travellers like citizens and permanent residents. The requirement of isolating at a government-approved hotel for three days while results of a Covid-19 test on arrival are delivered, will be dropped for fully vaccinated individuals but only for the jabs approved by Health Canada.
Health Canada has so far approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Covishield, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. While Covishield, the AZ version manufactured by the Serum Institute of India is accepted, neither Covaxin from Bharat Biotech or Sputnik V from the Russian Gamaleya Center are, according to the latest update from Global Affairs Canada’s Travel section.
After midnight Sunday night, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be exempt from quarantine requirements when they enter the country. However, the exemption only applies to those eligible travellers who have gone 14 days since receiving a full course of one of the four vaccines approved for use in Canada.
It also requires travellers to use the ArriveCAN app or online service to log their vaccination details and COVID-19 test results prior to departure. The ArriveCAN portal can be accessed either via the Apple or Android app or online via the federal government’s website at canada.ca. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s confident the border agency has the tools and the personnel required to deal with the changes Monday, adding that the government’s priority will always be the safety of its citizens.
Canada was one of 10 countries the European Council announced Thursday should be allowed to travel to the region for non-essential purposes, along with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Montenegro and Qatar. The announcement brings the total number of countries on that list to 23.
The development comes on the heels of the news that the EU is starting to roll out its internal vaccine passport program. The Digital COVID Certificate, which is aimed at allowing member states to travel more freely between each others’ borders, could one day allow double-dosed Canadians to also travel through Europe with greater ease.