Canada Further Eases Entry Requirements
Canada has changed its COVID-19 border rules again to make travel easier and more accessible for Canadians and international tourists. These changes include unvaccinated and partially vaccinated kids aged between 5 and 11 no longer requiring COVID-19 tests, among a few other relaxations.
Canada has been open for tourism since the summer of 2021. However, travel restrictions have remained stricter than in many other countries, especially European nations.
Canada’s Updated Entry Requirements
The Canadian federal government said on Friday that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated kids—if they’re accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, or tutor—no longer need to complete a pre-entry COVID-19 test from April 25 at 1 am ET.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers aged 12 and older will still require pre-entry tests from April 25 at 1 am ET. However, children under twelve years old won’t need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result.
In addition, all fully vaccinated travelers won’t need to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. While pre-flight testing requirements were removed on April 1st for vaccinated passengers, the ArriveCan app was still asking those entering to provide a detailed 14-day quarantine plan, in the case they tested positive on a random arrival test. This step in the app will be discontinued next week.
Also, fully vaccinated travelers visiting Canada on or after April 25 won’t need to:
- Monitor and report COVID-19 systems if they develop them
- Wear masks in public spaces
- Keep a list of close contacts and locations visited
- Quarantine if another traveler from the same travel group, i.e their partner, tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms
The ArriveCAN App is still mandatory
Travelers will still need to use the ArriveCAN app to detail mandatory travel information within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. Travelers must provide proof of vaccination, contact information, and travel information on the app.
If a fully vaccinated traveler doesn’t submit their information to the ArriveCAN app, the Canadian authorities won’t classify them as fully vaccinated. As a result, they may have to submit a pre-entry test result and a detailed quarantine plan.
Omar Algahbra, Canada’s Minister of Transport, said: “The gradual easing of restrictions for travelers is part of our balanced and science-based approach to managing COVID-19 and its variants. Although some restrictions may be easing, air and rail travelers are reminded that they are still required to wear a mask throughout their travel journey.”
“Wearing a mask offers an extra layer of protection for you and your fellow travelers, and will help keep Canadians, workers, and our transportation system safe,” he added.
Canada’s Full Entry Requirements
Fully vaccinated foreign nations can enter Canada for tourism purposes, test-free, if:
- They have no COVID-19 symptoms
- Use the ArriveCAN app
- Wear a mask during the flight and in airport terminals
- Take a potential random test on arrival, if selected.
However, Canada still prevents unvaccinated travelers from entering the country unless they have specific circumstances. Travelers will need to apply for an exemption until further notice.
The Current COVID-19 Situation In Canada
Canada is currently witnessing a sixth COVID-19 wave. The current 7-day case average in Canada is 10,968, which is a significant decrease from previous COVID-19 waves. Canada has currently fully vaccinated 81% of its population.
Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said: “At the end of the day, everyone is in agreement that vaccines are still our major tool, a major layer of protection both inside Canada for all Canadians,” he said.
“But also for travel purposes, it’s important to stress the point that the higher our vaccine coverage is, the better we all are overall in protecting against serious consequences against COVID-19.”
The Canadian authorities recommend the use of non-medical masks/facial coverings when it’s impossible to consistently maintain a 2-meter physical distance from others, such as public transportation.
As of 2022, Canadians are warming up to foreign tourists returning to the country, here’s most about what it’s like to visit right now.
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