Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents can soon avoid a mandatory quarantine when entering Canada. Effective July 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm Canada border restrictions are easing for people who meet COVID-19 vaccine conditions and are eligible to enter Canada. This is the first phase of loosening border restrictions that have been in place since March 2020. Canada expects to enter the second phase when 75% of Canadians have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses. At that point, we will see additional easing.
The following people are eligible to enter Canada with two vaccine doses:
- Canadian citizens
- Permanent residents, and
- Certain foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated.
This good news comes as a result of Canada reaching its vaccination targets. The vaccine targets included at least 75% of the population receiving one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 20% two doses. Achieving these goals allows Canada to ease border restrictions. As a result, provinces and territories can begin to relax measures with lower concern of burdening hospitals. This is great news for people who want to resume their immigration and travel plans to Canada.
Easing Canada Border Restrictions: What this Means for Fully Vaccinated People
If you have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, you can avoid the mandatory quarantine when you arrive in Canada. However, you must meet these conditions and:
- Have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada (see next section)
- Provide a paper or digital copy of your vaccine record to show that you have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses at least 14 days before arriving in Canada
- Upload test results and other related COVID-19 information into the ArriveCAN app or website
- Be asymptomatic
- Provide a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival
- Take a second test upon arrival in Canada
- Have a quarantine plan in case the test comes back positive.
COVID-19 Vaccines Approved by Health Canada
Health Canada has approved the following COVID-19 vaccines:
If you are fully vaccinated with any (or a mix) of these vaccines, this means that you do not have to:
- Quarantine at a government-approved hotel for up to 3 days
- Take a COVID-19 test on day eight after you arrive in Canada.
If You Don’t Have Two COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
Travellers entering Canada by air and who are not fully vaccinated (i.e. do not have two COVID-19 doses) must:
- Follow a mandatory hotel quarantine for up to three days pending a negative COVID-19 test result
- Complete the remainder of the 14-day quarantine period at a suitable location (the three-day hotel stay counts as part of the 14-day quarantine period)
- Follow all public health restrictions such as wearing a mask when in public.
Canada Border Restriction: Travel Ban Ending for Some Countries
The border restriction banning incoming flights from Pakistan that was introduced in April, 2021 will also end. However, Canada is extending the flight ban from India for at least another month. The Canadian government continues to monitor the situation in India. Canada will further ease border restrictions when conditions improve in India.
Penalties for False Information
It’s important to start you new life in Canada on the right foot. Providing false information about your vaccination status can result in:
- Fines up to $750,000
- Jail time for six months, or
- Both fines and jail time.
But, you can easily avoid penalties by following public health measures, including using the ArriveCAN app.
Have an Expired COPR?
So what do the easing Canada border restrictions mean if you hold an expired COPR? While the process may be frustrating especially if your COPR expired, you cannot travel to Canada with expired documents. However, IRCC has requested that you do not contact them. Instead, IRCC will contact people who currently hold an expired COPR to tell you what you must do.
We know that your immigration plans have been delayed, changed, or perhaps even cancelled as a result of COVID-19. But, we are beginning to see positive changes starting with the easing of Canada border restrictions. And with COVID-19 vaccines rolling out around the globe, we’re confident that you can resume your dreams of immigrating to Canada. On our end, we will keep you updated as the situation changes. Find out if you’re eligible to enter Canada.
In the meantime, we encourage you to use this time to research, prepare, and take advantage of free settlement services before you arrive in Canada. For more information, tools, and free webinars about living in Canada visit our Settling in Canada resource page. We’ll help you to settle in Canada successfully!