Like every other element of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 response, border measures are based on available data, scientific evidence and monitoring of the epidemiological situation both in Canada and internationally. With the ramp-up of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, Canada is on track to meet its targets, with over 70 percent of Canadians over the age of 12 in Canada having now received their first vaccine dose. Vaccination rates and continued strong public health measures matter. Together they are lowering case counts and reducing hospitalizations. These successes are setting the stage for a cautious and calibrated adjustment to border measures for travellers entering Canada.
The first phase of the Government of Canada’s approach towards easing border measures will allow some exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada. To be clear, this first step does not open the border to everybody who is fully vaccinated. Only those travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada and are now fully vaccinated, are eligible for these new measures if they meet specific criteria and requirements.
Beginning July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel to await their on-arrival test result. To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers must provide proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country.
To be eligible for these exemptions, fully vaccinated travellers must still meet the pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements, be asymptomatic, submit all required COVID-19 information electronically into ArriveCAN prior to travel to Canada, have a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination, and have a suitable quarantine plan.
Also effective July 5, 2021, all travellers will be required to disclose COVID-19 vaccination information, including whether they received a COVID-19 vaccine, the brand name or any other information that identifies the vaccine that was administered, the dates on which the vaccine was administered, and the doses received.
Please see the digital engagement kit with resources and links to all the details of Canada’s border measures for your clients and stakeholders.
Thank you, Employment and Social Development Canada