Feds Granting Exemptions for Fully Vaccinated Travellers Who Meet Specific Conditions

Starting July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT the Canadian government is extending exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada, if they meet specific conditions. Qualifying individuals include those who:
• are eligible to enter Canada;
• are asymptomatic;
• meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers; and
• meet all other entry requirements, including entering information in ArriveCAN before arrival.

Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from quarantine, hotel stopover (for air travellers), and the day-eight testing requirement. Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada are still in place, with no changes. Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the full series of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines, accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. If a vaccine was received outside Canada, it’s still accepted but proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

Accepted vaccines are Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2); Moderna (mRNA-1273); AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield), and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), single dose.

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