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Hotel Quarantine Requirements Lifted for Returning Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

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"The Canadian government recently announced its plans to end the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for returning citizens and permanent residents, given they are fully vaccinated."
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Published on:  Jul 11, 2021
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The Canadian government recently announced its plans to end the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for returning citizens and permanent residents, given they are fully vaccinated. 

Canada’s health minister Patty Hajdu said while negative Covid-19 test results are still required to enter the country, the government is working on new guidelines that will exempt travellers from the quarantine requirements if they receive a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 14 days of their arrival. The new guidelines are expected to be released in early July, however, the easing of restrictions will depend on the momentum of the vaccination campaign. 

Travellers coming to Canada must keep in mind that only vaccines approved by the Canadian government will make them eligible for any exemptions. Currently, Canada has approved vaccines made by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna. 

What Changes Are Expected to Be Made to the Current Travel Restrictions?

Statistics show that currently 8% of the Canadian population has been fully vaccinated, with 63% receiving their first dose of the vaccination. The planned change will require travellers to present a negative Covid-19 test result before entering and take a second Covid-19 test after arrival in Canada.

The planned changes also include easing the quarantine requirements that were first imposed at the beginning of the pandemic last year in March 2020. However, the government is planning to take a phased approach in reopening borders and easing travel restrictions. Currently, travellers must present a negative Covid-19 test result before entering and stay at a government-approved hotel as a part of their 14-day quarantine plan.

These restrictions were extended till June 21, however, Canada’s Covid-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel has called for an end to the hotel quarantine rules for all travellers as it is not clear if it even works. It is expected that these restrictions will be lifted gradually over the next few months. 

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