In order to be eligible to skip isolation, Candian citizens or permanent residents must have been fully vaccinated 14 days or more prior to the day of arrival.
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Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens who test negative for Covid-19 will be exempt from two weeks of quarantine when returning to the country as of July 5, officials said Monday.
The current ban on incoming non-essential travel stands, meaning foreign tourists will not be allowed into Canada under the relaxation of measures. However, the authorities say they want to wait until at least 75% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated before opening the borders for other worldwide travelers. Documents supporting the travelers' vaccination status must be uploaded to an app called ArriveCAN or to a government website at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN.
They also won't need to provide a COVID-19 test eight days after touching down or have to stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival.
The ban was put in place in April due to soaring COVID-19 cases in the country.More news: B.C. records four COVID-related deaths, 113 new cases
The U.S. -Canada land border will stay closed to nonessential travel for at least another month, but fully vaccinated Canadians may have an easier time traveling to the U.S.by air. Officials say that list may be expanded to include other vaccines in the future.
To date, Health Canada has approved four vaccines for use against the virus: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson.
The federal government is easing some restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border, but the biggest changes apply only to those already eligible to cross.
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"The inability of the U.S. and Canadian governments to reach an agreement on alleviating border restrictions.is simply unacceptable", Democratic Representative Brian Higgins and Republican Representative Bill Huizenga, co-chairs of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group said on Friday.
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Conservative Health Critic Michelle Rempel Garner also criticized the government for not being more forthcoming about what benchmarks need to be hit to further relax travel restrictions.
Despite its cautious stance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government had approved a travel exemption for National Hockey League teams earlier this month for the final round of championship playoffs.
"With no metrics or science presented with today's decision, this is a political decision likely created to discourage travel while giving a talking point for the Liberals to diffuse anger from (the) tourism industry and families separated across borders", Rempel Garner said in a tweet. "If you are planning to travel internationally this summer, do not forget to check the requirements of the country that you're visiting, and remember that many countries have had to make sudden changes as they cope with rising cases or severe outbreaks", she said Monday.
Homeland Security said in a statement it noted "positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other US agencies in the White House's expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably".
"We continue to call on the federal government to implement a single, national system, including proof of vaccination that is recognized by Health Canada and our worldwide allies".
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