Things To Know Before Entering Canada After Vaccination

As per the recent announcements, Canada recently eased travel restrictions for fully vaccinated candidates.

Canada as a part of a fully phased approach towards reopening borders and easing travel restrictions is now amending the travel restrictions on easing border measures. In the said announcement, fully vaccinated travelers will be exempted from all the travel restrictions and will not have to be in quarantine nor they will have to take the COVID-19 test on day-8. These changes will be applicable from July 5, 2021, at 11:59 EDT.

However, travelers coming to Canada before the designated date will have to adhere to the restrictions imposed before.

Canadian, permanent residents, and their family members including temporary workers and international graduates who are enrolled in an educational institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan are also not required to follow the travel restrictions. 

In addition to all this, all the valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders will also be exempted and can travel to Canada as well.

Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Health Minister, said that Canadian experts are working on a “proof of vaccination” that will be approved by the federal government of Canada.

To be considered fully vaccinated by the Canadian government, the candidates must have taken the dose of vaccine approved by the authorities of Canada. The meaning of this means that you must have two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca, or one dose of Janssen vaccine, or any approved combination. This vaccine procedure should be taken 14 days prior to your arrival in Canada. 

If the candidates have received two doses from different provinces, they should make sure that they acquire the proper documentation with them for both doses.

Here are some tips that you should keep in planning while planning your trip to Canada.

Before Travelling to Canada:

The candidate is needed to plan their quarantine before landing in Canada if they are not fulfilling the requirement of fully vaccinated travelers. 

Within the period of 72 hours before arriving in Canada, the concerned party must take a COVID-19 test. For this test, the candidate must also register for the COVID-19 test before their arrival.

The candidate is required to download the ArriveCAN application on their mobile. After the downloading, the following details must be filled in by the candidate:

  1. Travel and contact information.
  2. Quarantine plan.
  3. Travel History of previous 14 days.
  4. Proof of vaccination in either English or French.
  5. Self-assessment of COVID-19 symptoms.
  6. Negative report confirmation of COVID-19 or a positive result is taken in the period of 14-90 days before traveling.
  7. Required documents including the paper or digital copy of the proof of vaccination.

This ArriveCan app is available to download both on Android and IOS as well.

If the candidate is not in possession of a smartphone, then they can fill out all the data on the ArriveCAN website, and bring the printed copy or a screenshot with them.

At the Canadian Border:

After arriving in Canada, you may be allowed to provide information and documents like proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test report.

While approaching the Border security official, you should make sure that you have the ArriveCan receipt ready on your phone. You might be asked to show the report to the officer.

The candidates will also be required to answer the eligibility and health screening questions and also about the vaccination as well.

When the testing services are available upon arrival, the candidate will have to complete their COVID-19 testing on-site. If the service is not available then the candidate is asked to take a home kit when they arrive at the final destination.

If the candidate is showing symptoms of the coronavirus, or if the candidate is found to be not exempted from the travel restrictions then they must the instructions of the government representative.

After arriving in Canada:

If the applicant is exempted from the travel restrictions and is not showing any symptoms of coronavirus and are fully vaccinated. Then the candidate is not required to stay in a government-approved hotel for quarantine nor you will be required to take the test on the eighth day after arrival.

Canada has not yet announced a vaccine for children under the age of 12. Hence, children traveling to Canada have to adhere to the quarantine requirement when they get home. There is no need for staying in a hotel for the sake of children only.

If for any of the health reasons, the candidate is unable to get vaccinated, then the candidate has to be in quarantine for a period of 14 days and also take the COVID-19 test on the eighth day as well. This rule is applicable to everyone above the age of five.

If the candidate has not completed your COVID-19 test after coming to Canada but has a home kit instead. Then the candidate must complete the test and send it to the lab. If the test results come positive, then the candidate is required to be in quarantine and isolate themselves from others as well.

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