The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world in profound ways. Many establishments were forced to close, and office workers had to work remotely as well. Other things also took a significant hit, including the highly lucrative international travel industry.
The good thing is that the world is slowly and continuously healing since then. Many countries have opened their doors again provided that people coming to their countries follow their strict health protocols—and one such country is Canada.
Aside from the standard health protocols, the Canadian government has also started working towards a “vaccine passport.” What is this vaccine passport? We’re here to tell you what’s there to know about it. Read on below to learn more.
More About Canada’s Vaccine Passport
The vaccine passport is essentially a credential that will make it easier for Canadians to travel domestically and internationally. The certification is often referred to as a “vaccine passport” and is expected to be available by fall.
The vaccine passport will include the holder’s vaccination history, their vaccine type, vaccination date, and the location where they were vaccinated, to name a few bits of information included. The vaccine passport will be available for anyone in Canada, including native citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents.
The COVID-19 Situation in Canada
The COVID-19 situation in Canada has improved significantly, as opposed to previous months. Because of this, Canada’s restrictions have started to get less strict for locals and foreigners alike.
On a local scale, provinces have loosened social distancing protocols and other lockdown measures since case levels have decreased and vaccination rates have increased. As a result, employment in Canada has seen a steady increase. However, Canada is still recording at least 1,000 COVID-19 cases a day, which is a cause of concern for many since the country has already seen its daily levels of new cases fall below 400 in July.
While worrying, it’s still better than the 9,000 daily cases recorded in April. The decline, however, was noticed with the increase of vaccinations. 80% of Canada’s 12-and-older population has received their one dose of vaccine, while 70% of the overall population has been fully vaccinated.
Canada’s Loosening Travel Restrictions
At the start of the pandemic, Canada enforced strict travel restrictions—many of which are now gradually being lifted.
The people who can enter Canada are as follows:
- Approved immigrants
- International students
- Temporary foreign workers
- Family members (if they have family members in Canada)
- Fully-vaccinated tourists
Last June, Canada announced that all holders of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) can now complete their immigration landing—provided that their COPR is valid. Additionally, Canada’s quarantine measures for fully vaccinated people entering the country have also lessened, including the lifting of their hotel quarantine policy.
The Canadian government also projects that the country can finally open its doors to fully vaccinated visitors from all over the world by September. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, some are still in place—such as its ban on flights from India until September 21st. The government is also yet to give information regarding when the country allows unvaccinated visitors to enter the country.
While most countries remain closed to overseas visitors, many countries are slowly opening their doors—and Canada is among them. However, visitors still need to follow the remaining restrictions to keep virus transmission to a minimum.
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