Canada has start easing travel restrictions on those entering the country on Monday, 05th July 2021. However, this will only be applicable to certain categories of travelers like citizens and permanent residents.
Canada will drop the requirement of isolating at a government-approved hotel for three days while results of a Covid-19 test on arrival are delivered.
This will only applicable for those who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19. It must be noted that the vaccine should be approved by the Health Canada.
The new guidelines will come into effect at 12.01am (Canada time) on Monday.
“Fully vaccinated travellers allowed to enter Canada may be exempted from federal quarantine and day 8 testing starting July 5. Only vaccines approved by the Government of Canada will be accepted,” Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada tweeted on Saturday.
“These changes are only applicable to fully vaccinated travelers who are currently eligible to enter Canada,” the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said.
Health Canada has so far approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Covishield, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. While Covishield, the AZ version manufactured by the Serum Institute of India is accepted, neither Covaxin from Bharat Biotech or Sputnik V from the Russian Gamaleya Center are, according to the latest update from Global Affairs Canada’s Travel section.
Travel From India To Canada
The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until July 21, 2021.
During that period, passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.
Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada. You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.
Keep in mind:
- certain countries do not allow entry or transit from passengers arriving from India or from passengers who have previously tested positive to COVID-19
- COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries
- if you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure
Carefully consider your itinerary, transit options and entry requirements for third countries.
It is important to noted that travel restrictions will remain in place for those not fully vaccinated or vaccinated with a jab not authorized in Canada.
Such travelers will have to complete the three-day quarantine at a hotel while awaiting results of their tests, submit to a second test on day eight of their arrival and complete the full 14-day period of self-isolation.
Vaccination status will have to uploaded on the Canadian government’s ArriveCan app before reaching Canada.The app will be updated with the latest version on July 5 as the reduced public health measures come into effect.
Travelers arriving in Canada will still have to provide a negative molecular test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure.