COVID-19 Update for July 19, 2021 – Border Measures Eased Further

July 19, 2021

­­Border Measures Eased Further

With COVID-19 case numbers continuing to decline across the country, federal officials announced their plans to open the border for discretionary travel, lifting mandatory quarantines for fully-vaccinated travellers.

Beginning August 9, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are fully-vaccinated will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel, without having to quarantine for two weeks. Fully-vaccinated individuals from all other countries will be eligible to enter Canada for non-essential travel beginning September 7. All travellers must still provide proof of vaccination prior to departure, meet pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements, and adhere to all public health measures.

Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a fully-vaccinated guardian will be permitted entry but must also abide by all public health guidelines. Fully-vaccinated international students who plan to study in Canada will also be permitted to enter, if they meet the specific entry requirements.

Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra said flights arriving from international destinations will also be allowed at five additional airports including Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton, but the ban on direct flights between Canada and India is being extended until August 21, based on advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the Delta variant.

You can read the full news release on the changes to international travel restrictions including the elimination of temperature screenings here.

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