The federal government has just announced that pervious mandatory quarantine hotel measures will end on July 5th at 11:59 p.m. EST for all fully vaccinated permanent residents and Canadian citizens! The exciting news comes with many Canadian provinces reaching their vaccination targets. Over the past weekend, Ontario reached their goal of 75% of its residents receiving their first dose and 20% fully vaccinated.
How Travelling Will Work For Now
It would lovely if with a snap of a finger, travelling could return back to how it was prior to Covid-19. But, since travelling was a major part of the spread, the federal government is still keeping precautions as the travel industry begins to open!
According to officials, people entering the country need to show documents proving they’ve been fully vaccinated by a vaccine approved by Health Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country.
To prove you’ve been vaccinated, you must electronically submit COVID-19-related information to the ArriveCAN app before arriving. You must also provide a negative COVID-19 test from 72 hours before arrival, take a second test upon arrival, be asymptomatic and have a suitable quarantine plan in the event that the test comes back positive.
Government officials at the boarder will then decide the exemptions based on the information provided through ArriveCAN. If approved, you won’t have to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day eight!
I know it may seem like a lot, but its one step closer to normalcy!
“Although the future is looking brighter than it has for a long time with COVID-19 cases on a downward trend and vaccination efforts going well across the country, we can’t let our guard down.”Public Safety Minister Bill Blair
Other Things To Consider
- Children 12 years and younger who aren’t eligible for the vaccine are able to travel with their fully vaccinated guardians but will still have to quarantine at home for the full 14 days
- These new changes don’t apply to tourists or those coming for non-essential business
- Permanent residents who’ve had their application approved since March 18, 2020 are now eligible to enter the country
- Those who have yet to receive the vaccine or are only partially vaccinated, aren’t a part of these new changes and will still have to quarantine at the designated quarantine hotels
- Anyone who submits false information on their vaccination status could be fined up to $750,000 or face six months imprisonment, or both.