The federal government announced Monday that effective August 9, fully immunized U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the United States can travel to Canada for non-essential purposes.
As of the same date, the government-authorized hotel quarantine requirement will be removed for all travelers, allowing unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers to travel directly to their quarantine location for 14 days.
Pre-departure COVID-19 testing will be required regardless of vaccination status, but on August 9, testing will transition to a mandatory, randomized pattern upon entry to Canada for fully vaccinated travelers.
“This change allows us to focus our efforts on unvaccinated travelers, while keeping track of new variants,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu said at a press conference on Monday.
On September 7, fully vaccinated travelers from any country will be allowed to come to Canada for non-essential purposes, with proof of vaccination.
A traveler is considered fully vaccinated after receiving a full set of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada at least 14 days before entering the country. Unvaccinated children under 12 and dependent children (due to mental or physical condition) of fully immunized travelers do not need to be quarantined for 14 days, but should avoid groups such as summer camps, daycares and schools for 14 days.
On August 9, Transport Canada will also remove the requirement for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to perform pre-boarding temperature control of passengers on all domestic flights and international departures, as well as airport employees.
As of the same date, international flights will be permitted to land at the following five additional Canadian airports, in addition to Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport:
Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
Quebec Jean-Lesage International Airport;
Ottawa Macdonald â Cartier International Airport;
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
Edmonton International Airport.
Travelers coming to Canada, in addition to the pre-departure testing requirement, must provide their information, including proof of vaccination, prior to departure electronically via ArriveCAN, and must be asymptomatic upon arrival. Each traveler should also have a hard or digital copy of their vaccination documents in English or French (or a certified translation, with the original) to show to the border officer upon request.
Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, confirmed that all travelers must present an appropriate quarantine plan, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all the conditions to be exempted from quarantine.
“Without this proof of vaccination submitted in advance via ArriveCAN, foreign nationals traveling for non-essential purposes will not be allowed to board a flight to Canada,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Monday.
Can Canadians travel to the United States?
Blair pointed out that while Canada will ease restrictions allowing U.S. citizens and permanent residents to travel to Canada for non-essential purposes, the U.S. has not announced reciprocal rules yet.
Blair confirmed that he spoke to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who indicated that current restrictions on inbound Canadian travelers to the United States will “likely be rolled over” on July 21 and that he is not. planned to bring about change.
âThe anticipated start date of August 9 for fully immunized US citizens and permanent residents is a recognition and recognition of our shared border and close relationship with the United States,â said Blair. âThis will provide an opportunity to test our processes and ensure they are effective in maintaining the health and safety of Canadians.
Ban on flights from India continues
Alghabra also confirmed that the current ban on direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India is extended by 30 days, until August 30.
“This extension is based on advice received from the Public Health Agency of Canada and will best protect Canadians against further introduction of the Delta variant, which is prevalent in India,” he said.