Canada: relaxation of entry requirements

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that it registered more than one million travelers last week. This is the first time that this figure has been so high since the beginning of the pandemic, which dates back two years.

By comparison, as of mid-April 2019, the CBSA received 1,875,542 travelers through land, air, sea and rail. This is enough to push the Canadian authorities to ease the conditions of travel in this country.

As of April 25, 2022, travelers who have been properly vaccinated will no longer be required to present a quarantine plan when arriving in Canada. This measure is one of the relaxations that were announced on Friday April 22, 2022 by the federal government.

Thus, children aged 5 to 11 accompanied by an adult who have received an appropriate vaccination as well as those who are not vaccinated for medical reasons are also not subject to the obligation to present a quarantine plan upon entry. in the airport.

In addition, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children between the ages of 5 and 11, and who are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults, no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 before they can enter Canada. However, travelers aged 12 and over, who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, authorized to travel to Canada, are required to undergo these tests.

These measures no longer apply to travelers on Canadian territory

In addition, as of April 25, the following measures will cease to concern travelers during the 14 days following their arrival in Canadian territory:

  • Wearing a mask in public places, in provinces and territories where this condition has already been dispensed with;
  • Be attentive to the signs or symptoms of this disease and declare them if they present any;
  • Place themselves in quarantine in the event of the appearance of signs or symptoms of the disease by another traveler in the same group or in the event of a positive test;
  • Keep a list of nearby people and frequented places.

Three doses of Covid-19 vaccine soon required in Canada?

The country’s health authorities are keen to remind citizens of the importance of being up to date with their vaccinations: “Go get your booster doses,” Dr Tam repeated.

Asked whether travelers will soon be required to have three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to travel, Dr. Tam replied: “That decision is up to the Federal Minister of Health. “In the era of Omicron, having received three doses of vaccine is certainly preferable,” she recommended.

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