LATEST COVID-19 NEWS UPDATE: It seems the wait for fully vaccinated travellers may be coming to an end soon! Canada is set to reopen its borders to U.S. citizens and permanent residents traveling to Canada from the States, as early as August 9, 2021.
According to a recent interview with Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, on 20 July 2021, more than 50 percent of the Canadian population, aged 12 years and older, have received their full vaccination dose, with almost 80 percent having received their first dose.
On 17 July, Canada outranked its American neighbour for the first time. As it stands, the U.S. now has a fully vaccinated population, aged 12 years and older, of 65.8 percent and 57.1 percent receiving their first dose. This, however, is no surprise as Canada is still one of the fastest countries to administer the vaccine, almost seven times that of the U.S.
As Canada’s new COVID-19 cases drop in numbers and second vaccination rates rise, the government has decided to ease certain travel restrictions.
For example, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to quarantine at a government-approved hotel nor will they have to take a COVID test when arriving in Canada followed by another test eight days thereafter.
You could, however, be asked to have a random test at the border.
Current Rate of COVID-19 Vaccinations
SOURCE: Health Infobase Canada
How do I know if I’m fully vaccinated?
To be considered fully vaccinated in Canada, travellers must have received the recommended dose of a government-approved vaccine or combination of vaccines at least 14 days before arriving in Canada.
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
You’ll have to have proof of your COVID-19 vaccination results in either English or French or have a certified translation, as well as not have any symptoms. You will also have to upload all necessary documents through the ArriveCAN app.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will have to adhere to the federal quarantine requirements.
What is considered proof of vaccination?
Those who have been fully vaccinated and want to enter Canada must ensure that they use the ARRIVECAN app as proof of vaccination, quarantine, and travel information. If you don’t you won’t be considered eligible for exemption, regardless of whether you meet all the other requirements. You will need to provide:
- the details of your first dose (date, country, and vaccine you received)
- the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
- a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
- if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
- file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG, or JPG
- maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
- preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
- these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French
If you’ve already submitted your information before the vaccination feature was added on July 5, 2021, and have a receipt without your vaccination status, resubmit your new documents and your previous submission will be cleared.
It’s also a good idea to carry your original documents with you, just in case.
What if my children aren’t vaccinated?
Because children under the age of 12 are not eligible for the vaccine, unvaccinated dependents (children younger than 12 years old) won’t have to quarantine for 14 days. They will, however, still have to meet all entry and testing requirements. One of these requirements is for them to avoid any group activities such as going to school or daycare for at least two weeks after they arrive in Canada.
India Travel Ban Extended until August 21
All passengers travelling by air to Canada were banned as of April 21, 2021, and has once again been extended for another 30 days. Originally flights from both India and Pakistan were banned because of the government’s concern about the sudden rise in COVID-19 variant cases. The Pakistan ban, however, was lifted shortly thereafter on June 21.
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Although the Canadian immigration system has been experiencing some delays with visa processing due to the pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has never stopped accepting visa applications. Once the border opens to U.S. travellers as of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers as of September 1, 2021, it can be expected that there will be an influx of visa applications which may make increase processing times. For the latest COVID-19 news in Canada and COVID-19 vaccination coverage, be sure to visit our Covid Update page
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