Canada will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents, and select foreign nationals starting on July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
As of that date, anybody that is able to enter Canada under the current rules will be able to do so without having to undergo a 14-day quarantine or take a test on the eighth day of their visit. The caveat is that they must provide proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 with paper or digital documentation.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received both doses of a recognized COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before they enter the country. Those that provide fraudulent documentation face up to six months in prison and $750,000 in fines.
Visitors are also asked to download the “most up-to-date” version of the ArriveCAN app as of July 5.
“As we’ve told Canadians all along, easing measures at the border will happen as we see our communities increasingly become safe,” said Health Minister Patty Hajdu on Monday. “If you are planning to travel internationally this summer, remember to check the requirements of the country that you’re visiting.”
These changes will not apply to fully vaccinated non-citizens aiming to enter Canada for non-essential reasons, or non-vaccinated Canadians. For those groups, the current restrictions will remain in place.
It also bears noting that all travelers must also be asymptomatic upon arrival. They must also undergo pre-departure and on-arrival molecular COVID-19 tests. Travelers must have quarantine arrangements in place in the event that symptoms appear or their test results come up positive.
The July 5 change to Canada’s travel restrictions is part of a phased reopening contingent on the country’s rapidly increasing vaccination rates.
“As Canadians continue to get vaccinated, we’ll be carefully monitoring data here and around the world.” Hajdu said. “We will be assessing our own rates of vaccination, cases, hospitalizations, and outbreaks and the disease activity in the rest of the world. We’ll watch these metrics carefully, as we plan the next phase of changes to border measures.”