(Washington) Canada is easing some restrictions on entry into the country, but only for one class of people.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be exempt from the mandatory isolation and testing for COVID-19. In addition, passengers who have been fully vaccinated by air are not required to stay at a hotel approved by the government, while waiting for the results of the screening test.
The Border Services Agency of Canada (CBSA) has issued a warning to travelers: if they are currently ineligible to enter the country, they will not be eligible on Monday.
Before entering the country, eligible travelers must submit digital proof of vaccination in English or French, on the ArriveCAN website or application. You must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a plane or landing.
“If you can not enter Canada on July 4 this year, you will not be able to enter on July 5.”
CBSA wants to make sure everyone understands what will be changed and what will not be done to avoid further delays at various checkpoints. Says Vinet.
“In the first few days you can expect some people to think that Canada is now open for tourism, entertainment and things like that. It’s not like that,” he insists.
“We have prepared our front line staff who have been around since the onset of the epidemic for this type of outbreak,” Mr. Says Vinet.
Passengers will be able to upload their vaccine source on the latest version of ArriveCAN, which will be available on July 5 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight. Travelers should use the latest version, released on July 5, in the Google Play Store or iPhone App Store.
Travel restrictions between Canada and the United States restrict all essential travel between the two countries, but allow the flow of trade, essential workers and international students. These restrictions expire on July 21st of each month from March 2020 onwards.