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Traveling to Canada during the Covid-19: What You Need to Know Before You Go

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Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain high worldwide. Health officials warn that travel increases the chances of the virus spreading and spreading. Staying home is the best way to slow down transmission. Below you will find information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on November 26th.

(CNN) – If you are planning travel in Canada, here’s what you need to know and expect if you want to visit it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The basics

 

CanadaThe situation of the Covid-19 improved dramatically in mid-2021, but the country entered a fourth wave in late summer. Canada currently records an average of 2,500 cases a day, with officials warn the country could see some “scops” over the next few months.
On July 5, the Canadian government eased its mandatory two-week quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated nationals and residents arriving in the country after traveling abroad.
From August 9, fully vaccinated and permanent citizens residents in the United States who currently reside in the US are allowed to enter Canada. From September 7, vaccinated international travelers will also be able to visit them.

 

What is offered

 

This is the ultimate destination for adventure. Whether it’s skiing and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains or bear watching in the wilds of Ontario, Canada has it all to satisfy travelers who want to spend some time outdoors.

Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City are perfect for getaway to the city, with top-notch culture, food and entertainment.

 

Who can go

 

Citizens and permanent residents can enter Canada, but if they are not vaccinated they must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Vaccinated international travelers can enter from 7 September. Covid-19 vaccines accepted in Canada are: Pfizer-BioNTech; Modern; AstraZeneca / COVISHIELD; and Janssen / Johnson & Johnson.

However, from November 30, the Government of Canada will expand its list of accepted vaccines to include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, coinciding with the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use List (EUL) ( WHO).

“Foreigners who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be required to comply with an exemption or will travel for a non-discretionary purpose,” the Government of Canada website.
Some conditions still apply to all travelers. People over the age of five who fly to Canada must provide written or electronic documentation showing that they received a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR or RT-LAMP test performed within 72 hours prior to their scheduled boarding.

For travelers arriving by land, all visitors, with some exceptions, must also submit a test for a negative Covid-19 molecular test performed in the United States within 72 hours of arrival, or a positive test done on the 14th to 90th days before arrival.

As of November 30, 2021, people are fully vaccinated with permission to enter Canada, leaving and re-entering the country within 72 hours of leaving the country. free to provide a COVID-19 pre-entry result of the molecular test.

 

What are the restrictions?

 

At the moment, international flights are allowed to land at the international airports of these Canadian cities: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

According to a Transport Canada press release, this list will be expanded on November 30, 2021. International flights carrying passengers will be able to land at the following additional Canadian airports: St. John’s International, John C. Munro Hamilton International, Waterloo Region International, Regina International, Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International, Kelowna International, Abbotsford International and Victoria International.

All allowed arrivals must use the ArribeCAN application or website to submit travel and contact information, a 14-day quarantine plan (if not vaccinated) and a self-assessment of Covid-19 symptoms.

The quarantine plan should detail where you will be staying, how you will arrive, and how you will arrange for the delivery of essential items such as groceries and medicines. Failure to comply with the plan could result in six months in prison and a fine of CAD $ 750,000 (US $ 593,000).

In addition, all arrivals are given a health check by a border guard to assess any symptoms.

In early October, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a national vaccine mandate against Covid-19 for rail and air travelers as well as staff. “By the end of November, if you’re 12 or older and you want to fly or catch the train, you’ll have to be fully vaccinated.” said Trudeau, noting that “testing will no longer be an option before boarding a train or flight” in Canada.

 

What is the situation of Covid-19?

 

Canada is now in the midst of a national Covid-19 vaccine program.

Canada coped well with the initial wave of Covid-19. However, a second deadly wave in late 2020 led to further blockades.

Several provinces eased their restrictions as the number of cases dropped in recent months, but a fourth wave emerged in late summer.

After a decline in October, cases are currently stable, averaging 2,400 cases per day in the country.

Health Canada officials say children under 12 years they now account for the largest percentage of new Covid-19 infections.

 

What can visitors expect?

 

Mask mandates vary between provinces.

Provinces have relaxed rules on social gatherings, indoor dining and travel in recent months in response to rising vaccination rates.

But some, included Alberta i Ontario, now require vaccine testing to enter many non-essential sites.
Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, has taken some of the country’s strictest Covid-19 prevention measures, and non-residents need to do so. request a season ticket to visit in advance.

Most Canadian provinces continue to advise people to keep a distance of two meters (6.5 feet) in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

 

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