Canada to lift most restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers July 5

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Although there were some positive signs that Canada could ease border restrictions this month, the government has extended travel restrictions with the U.S. again until July 21st.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travellers will have had to have received a full series of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines that have been authorized by Health Canada - Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Johnson & Johnson - at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

"The inability of the U.S. and Canadian governments to reach an agreement on alleviating border restrictions.is simply unacceptable", Democratic Representative Brian Higgins and Republican Representative Bill Huizenga, co-chairs of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the government also lifted restrictions on those approved for Permanent Residency, and ended the suspension of passenger flights from Pakistan - but not India.

Fully vaccinated Canadians and residents will exempt from the mandatory three-day hotel stay as well as a 14-day quarantine requirement on arrival to the country, Justin Trudeau's government said in a statement on Monday.

Despite the pressure to reopen the border, Canada said on Friday that it will extend restrictions on non-essential travel at USA land borders until at least July 21.

In situations where unvaccinated children are travelling with fully vaccinated parents, they will not have to stay in a hotel, but will have to isolate at home.

Travel restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated remain unchanged.

If they are deemed eligible, people who are allowed to enter Canada will not be required to complete a day-8 test.

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The government said the limited changes represented "a responsible, precautionary approach".

The first stage in loosening the border restrictions that have been in place for 15 months will begin at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 5.

Fully-vaccinated passengers wishing to be exempt from quarantine must provide evidence of their inoculations - including dates, number of doses and brand of vaccine via the government's ArriveCAN smartphone app within 72 hours of their arrival, and must still have a quarantine plan if they end up not meeting requirements.

Quarantine exemptions only apply for passengers vaccinated with shots now approved by Health Canada - Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson - but with no restrictions on in which country the vaccinations were administered.

Travelers will still need to quarantine until they receive the results of the second test.

The United States is also holding working-group meetings on relaxing travel restrictions with the UK and the European Union, but US and airline officials said previously they did not expect the Biden administration to lift the restrictions until around July 4 at the earliest.

"Clearly, as those vaccines arrive and as Canadians continue to get in those lines and get vaccines into their arms, we're really optimistic that we can meet that threshold of 75 per cent", he said.

The ban was enacted in April when too many people arriving from those countries were testing positive for COVID-19.

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