Quarantine rules are going to change for Canadian travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The federal government has announced that Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had two jabs will no longer need to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arriving home.
However, not all rules are being lifted.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu told a media briefing Wednesday that affected travellers will still have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival – and stay in isolation until the test comes back negative.
These changes will be linked to new case counts and vaccination rates in Canada and around the world.
“These metrics are very important factors as we move towards implementing the changes on the border that we hope to have in place in early July,” said Hajdu. “If we can keep our communities safe and free of COVID, then we will not have to return to measures that are so difficult for everyone.”
Fully vaccinated Canadians who travel by plane will be able to skip three days quarantined in an authorized hotel upon arriving in the country.
The changes could begin in July.
Ottawa is working with the provinces as to what the proof of vaccine documentation will look like.
The federal government says there won’t be as much travel freedom for Canadians who have not had two doses of vaccine or for tourists from other countries.
The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop across the country.
There is growing pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ease border restrictions between Canada and the United States. Trudeau has only said it will happen sometime soon.
Cross-border travel restrictions are set to expire in two weeks and Ottawa will have to make a decision on whether to extend them for another 30 days.