Canada Plans To Announce New Travel Rules

Canada’s current border restrictions expire on July 21st. Tomorrow we will learn about the Canadian government’s new policy on U.S. tourism, tourism in other parts of the world, and flights from India.

Canada may announce new COVID-19 travel arrangements tomorrow.

Canada introduced travel restrictions in March 2020 and is extending them every month until 2021. The country is taking a gradual approach to lifting the restrictions.

In general, those now allowed to travel to the country include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, new immigrants, temporary foreign workers, foreign students, and family members of Canadians.

Among those left behind are tourists from the United States and around the world. Flights from India to Canada have been banned since April.

The border restrictions expire on July 21, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said Thursday night that the new rules would be announced “early next week,” with the measures to be made public by Tuesday, the day before the end of the current measure.

Thanks to a statement from Trudeau’s office, we now have a much better understanding of what the new rules mean. One uncertainty remains in India when the Canadian government seeks to lift the ban on flights to India.

What we do know is the government’s intentions to bring tourists into the country.

Trudeau’s office said its goal is to allow fully vaccinated U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to enter Canada on a tourist visa by mid-August.

It aims to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from around the world by early September.

Significantly, this is due to maintaining a high level of vaccination in Canada and keeping the number of COVID-19 cases low.

After a slow start, Canada has become a global leader in vaccination rates. According to the Canadian government, about 80 percent of the Canadian population over the age of 12 has received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 40 percent have been fully vaccinated. As of July 15, more than 400 new COVID cases had been reported in Canada the day before.

Canada’s daily COVID count peaked in April 2021, when it exceeded 9,000 new daily jobs. However, as a result of the increased supply of vaccines, provinces and counties across the country are easing their guidelines on limiting social distance.

Last month, Canada announced that all Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR) holders (i.e., newly approved immigrants) were immediately exempt from travel restrictions. Earlier this month, Canada implemented a new policy to exempt fully vaccinated travelers from the quarantine requirement.

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