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Canada extends travel restrictions again

Restrictions on international travellers have been extended until at least May 21.

Incoming travellers who are exempt from the travel restrictions are required to show a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before coming to Canada. They are also required to take another test upon arrival. Travellers must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for three days while they wait for their results.

Quarantine requirements have also been extended. All travellers to Canada are required to quarantine for 14 days. The three-day government-mandated hotel stay can count towards your quarantine period. Only essential travellers do not have to quarantine. This includes emergency service providers, truck drivers, some technicians or specialists, those living in a trans-border community, and those who regularly cross the border to work.

Are vaccinated travellers exempt from the travel restrictions?

Canada is currently keeping an eye on the effectiveness of “vaccine passports” for the moment. There is a lack of evidence to suggest whether vaccinated people can spread the virus to others. Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, highlighted that Canada must first consider what measures are appropriate for those who are vaccinated, particularly those who are vaccinated by vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.

Who is exempt from the travel restrictions?

Only certain people are exempt from the travel restrictions and will be granted entry into Canada. Those include Canadian citizens and permanent residents, as well as their family members. Some temporary foreign workers, and international students attending a school that has a COVID-19 response plan, are also allowed into Canada. Protected persons and people coming to Canada for compassionate reasons are also exempt. For a full list of who can travel to Canada, visit this government webpage.

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