Effective July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EDT travellers who are now able to enter Canada under the existing rules will be able to do so without having to self-isolate for 14 days, taking a test on day eight, or having to stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival, if they are fully immunized against COVID-19.
"We are continuing these testing requirements to allow public health experts to continue to monitor positivity rates at the border and monitor for variants of concern", said Hajdu.
Canada is starting to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people.
"It is the travellers' responsibility to plan ahead, to understand their obligations, and to ensure that they are eligible".
Either way, the border reopening won't happen all at once, but rather in a phased system, as proposed by the Canadian government.
Canada is expecting the delivery of 68 million doses by the end of July which should be enough to fully vaccinate the eligible population.
As part of the changes, travellers will also be required to disclose their vaccination status.
The Government of Canada announced the easing of some border measures Monday.
People are being told to download the "most up-to-date" version of the ArriveCAN app being released on July 5.
The federal ArriveCAN app is reportedly being revamped to make that process easier.
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If a traveler's test comes back positive, they will be required to quarantine in designated government facilities. However, the authorities say they want to wait until at least 75% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated before opening the borders for other global travelers.
Non-vaccinated children arriving with their vaccinated parents will likewise be exempt from quarantine. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality's entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Those who wish to skip quarantine must provide proof of having received two doses of a vaccine approved by the Canadian authorities.
Federal officials called this a "first phase" of reopening given the pace of vaccination in Canada. Blair repeated land border crossings would remain closed to all but essential travellers until July 21 at least.
While the federal government has laid out the details of its first stage of easing travel restrictions, Canadians are still being urged to avoid non-essential travel.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now in self-isolation following his recent trip to Europe for the G7 Summit and other high-level meetings with world leaders.
Secondly, one can't simply get their second shot of a vaccine and then hop on a plane for a weekend in Vegas: To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller "must have received the full series of a vaccine - or combination of vaccines - accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada".
Blair said Monday that while the border restrictions-introduced 15 months ago early in the COVID-19 pandemic-were never going to be permanent, a higher rate of vaccinations both in Canada and overseas will be needed before throwing out all global travel limits is safe.
"Our number one priority as we fight [COVID-19] is keeping Canadians safe", Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, Bill Blair, said in a tweet on June 18.
"The research and science obviously indicates that children can get sick with Covid-19 and they can transmit Covid-19 and because vaccines are not authorized for use in children under 12 unfortunately most children will not be vaccinated", said Patty Hajdu, Canada's health minister during the press conference.