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Canada announces further easing of border restrictions

Canada Immigration

Canada will allow fully vaccinated international travellers to enter the country beginning September 7, it has been announced. Fully vaccinated US tourists will be allowed into the country starting from August 9. If COVID conditions remain favourable, non-essential travellers from all other countries will also be allowed to travel to Canada from September, provided they are fully vaccinated.

From August 9 onwards, travellers will not have to stay on hotel quarantine. Neither will they have to do on-arrival and day eight testing. However, they may have to undergo random testing at the border.

Directions for travellers from India to Canada

Canada has extended the ban on direct flights from India until August 21. However, passengers from India may take an indirect route. They will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before flying to Canada. Those who have been tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days before the departure, and not a negative test. This proof must also be obtained from a third country. The traveller might have to stay in the third country for at least 14 days before travelling to Canada.

What it means to be ‘fully vaccinated’?

To be considered as ‘fully vaccinated’ and eligible to travel to Canada, the travellers must be vaccinated with the recommended dosage of a vaccine approved by Canada. The final shot must be received at least 14 days before entering the country. Currently, Canada accepts vaccines manufactured by Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). All the results must be presented in English or French or the traveller must submit certified translation of these. All the documents need to be submitted on the ArriveCan app or website before they reach Canada. They must also submit a 14-day quarantine plan.

Rules for unvaccinated children

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 need not complete the full 14-day quarantine. However they need to undergo the public health measures for the same period. They also have to meet all entry and testing requirements, which include on-arrival and day-eight testing. Further, children will have to avoid all sorts of group settings such as school and daycare for two weeks after they arrive in Canada.

With Canada relaxing the border restrictions, it is expected that more immigrants will be allowed to travel to the country in the coming months. If you wish to migrate to Canada, start your preparations right away. Connect with CanApprove to know more.

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