If you’re planning to travel to Canada any time soon, you should be aware of the travel restrictions the government is implementing. By July 21, the government should have already decided on whether to extend the current travel restrictions.
The current restrictions only allow for essential travel to Canada. And for those who are allowed to enter the country, quarantine measures will apply unless fully vaccinated.
However, the government is currently revisiting these measures as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau considers a gradual reopening of the borders. And while only minor changes on the next border restrictions renewal are expected, we are yet to know what is in store until the decision is made. However, here is what we do know based on the latest news.
Testing and Quarantine
Travellers allowed to enter the border and are over the age of five must secure a negative COVID test result before arrival. For the result to be valid, travellers should have taken the test within 72 hours of arrival. They should also have already registered for their on-arrival test before reaching the border.
Quarantine requirements for those entering Canada via air travel will vary. However, travellers who are not exempt from quarantine must book a stay at a government-approved establishment.
Those who are fully vaccinated, however, may qualify for quarantine exemption. However, being fully vaccinated does not automatically mean you are exempt from quarantine. Only those that have received the recommended dose of a Canada-approved vaccine can be exempted from quarantine. The vaccines approved by Canada include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. Additionally, the traveller must have received the final dose at least 14 days prior to arrival.
Effects on Tourism
Tourism is still considered non-essential travel under the current travel restrictions. In a previous statement, Prime Minister Trudeau has mentioned that the government is considering fully vaccinated tourists as the next group allowed to enter Canada.
And while the tourism industry is pressuring the government to provide a more comprehensive reopening plan, Prime Minister Trudeau has maintained that any decision regarding travel restrictions should be based on science rather than public opinion.
This means that it is currently unlikely that the government will loosen restrictions for tourism. And even if the government does roll back the measures for fully vaccinated tourists, it is doubtful that the new policy will take effect immediately upon announcement. Expect some time after the announcement for changes to take effect.
The Situation at the US Border
Canada has separate travel restrictions for those coming from the US border. This is primarily due to the US being Canada’s most prominent trading partner.
The most affected by the travel restrictions at the US border are those living in the border towns. They often rely on cross-border travel for work and meeting with family members. So, the restrictions have hit households from both sides of the border really hard.
However, these travel restrictions at the US border will also be expiring on July 21. Likely, whatever changes in measures that will affect travellers from other countries will also affect those coming from the US border.
With the current travel restrictions expiring soon, people are curious to know what changes in measures will be announced on July 21. Although these changes will not take immediate effect upon announcement, people still need to know to prepare for any significant changes. For a more comprehensive list of changes and things to expect, you may consult a Canada immigration agency.
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