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Fully vaccinated Canadians will no longer require quarantine

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As of July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians can enter the country by land or air without having to quarantine — as long as they test negative for COVID-19.

Canadians who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter Canada by land or air soon without being quarantined if they test COVID-19 for negative effects.

The Canadian federal government made the announcement on Monday, stating that in order to be considered “fully vaccinated,” Canadians must have received two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen vaccine.

The rule starts at 11:59 p.m. EST on 5 July. It applies only to individuals who are eligible to visit Canada, including citizens, permanent residents and individuals registered under the Indian Act.

“The first phase of our approach to facilitating border measures in Canada is this. We are now not opening up our borders anymore,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc at a press conference.

Travellers must submit their vaccine information to the ArriveCan app before their arrival at the border, the feds said. They also must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival at the border, take a second test upon arrival and have a quarantine plan in the event the arrival test comes back positive.

What happens with children

Those who do not qualify for vaccines under COVID-19 — like children under the age of 12 — still face travel limitations.

For example, unvaccinated children up to 18 years of age or adults dependent on them are exempted from obligatory hotel quarantine stays. But kids have yet to quarantine at home for 14 days. Fully vaccinated parents need not isolate themselves with them.

“Undoubtedly, this will be difficult for families who want to travel,” said federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu. “Research and science show that children can become ill and spread COVID-19, and because vaccines are not approved for use in children under the age of 12, most children will not be vaccinated.”

She went on to say that allowing children to quarantine at home ensures that any unvaccinated traveller who may be infected with COVID-19 takes the necessary public health precautions.

On top of children, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will still face travel restrictions, such as mandatory hotel stays when they land by air.

Travel restrictions for foreign nationals still remains in place

“We recognize the desire and the anxiety to restart travel,” Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said at the press conference. “We need to continue to be responsible and prudent, but we also need to engage (with the) industry on preparing for Phase 2.”

He said the feds have been talking with the industry and provinces about expanding the number of airports that allow incoming international travel.

Another change that was announced is that individuals approved for permanent residence are now able to travel to Canada as of Monday.

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