(CMR) Canadians and permanent residents will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days when entering Canada if they are fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
The new policy, which comes into effect on July 5, will end a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for non-essential travelers returning to Canada. However, these changes do not apply to foreign nationals.
Federal officials said the new travel requirement for citizens and permanent residents is the first phase of relaxing the country’s pandemic border restrictions.
In order to avoid quarantine, travelers must provide proof that they were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering Canada. Persons will then be required to self-isolate at home until they receive a negative arrival COVID-19 test.
However, the government has extended border restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. for another month until July 21. The flight ban between Canada and India has also been extended for another month.
As of Monday, more than 75 percent of eligible Canadians had received at least one dose of a vaccine and 20 percent fully vaccinated.