Ottawa lifts most travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians

Travellers urged to enter all mandatory information into ArriveCAN app

Ottawa has announced it will soon lift most international travel restrictions for those Canadians and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated.

Starting July 5, travellers who are currently able to enter Canada under existing rules will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days, take a COVID test eight days out, and will be permitted to skip the stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival.

Proof of vaccination will be required for travellers to be exempt from these measures. Travellers will have to submit all mandatory information through the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. The app can be downloaded through the federal government’s website. The app will provide a receipt on-screen and via email and should be presented to a Canadian border services officer when you enter Canada. It can be done through the app itself, a screenshot, email, or a printout of the receipt.

Pre-departure and on-arrival testing will remain in place for all travellers, even those who have gotten their second jab. “We are continuing these testing requirements to allow public health experts to continue to monitor positivity rates at the border and monitor for variants of concern,” said Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu. “Having this information will allow public health experts to recommend further adjustments to border measures quickly if needed.”

Travellers will be required to be asymptomatic and have a quarantine plan in place should border services require it.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will still be subject to existing travel restrictions, including the need to stay in a designated quarantine hotel, and self-isolate for 14 days following their arrival.

International commercial flights will continue to arrive at only four airports across Canada: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.