Canada lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers starting July 5

Lawrence Kim
June 21, 2021

On Friday, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced that Canada had extended its Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential worldwide and U.S. travel until July 21.

The Canadian government announced a loosening of COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people amid warnings that a return to a completely open border will take awhile longer.

"To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel", DHS wrote.

"Our economies are very much intertwined and we benefit from Canadians coming to patronize our sporting events, our ski resorts and festivals and vice versa", said U.S. Rep. Chris Jacobs (D-NY) who represents a district along the border.

Some U.S. lawmakers and border communities that have been hit hard by the restrictions have pushed to relax them ahead of the busy summer travel season. Officials briefing reporters on the new procedures said that the vaccinations do not have to be administered in Canada, and the list of applicable vaccines could change over time.

According to officials speaking during a technical briefing on background, those entering will need to show documents proving they received doses of the vaccines approved in Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

More than 75 percent of Canadians have currently received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 20 percent are now fully vaccinated. "Our phased approach to easing border measures is guided by facts, scientific evidence, and the advice of our public health experts".

"At this time, the Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel", said Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

No changes have been made to border measures for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. A formal date has not been set.

All others will still have to stay in hotel quarantine for up to three days pending a negative arrival test, and then quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period.

While trucks and trains continued to move goods, Canada's tourism and travel-related businesses lost an estimated CUS$20 billion (US$16 billion) in revenue a year ago, according to one estimate. "That goal has been reached and still the border restrictions were extended for another month".

Mexico is one of the countries that the expert working groups are working on to resume global travel with.

This week, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, held a meeting with the Secretary of National Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, in which they agreed to accelerate the rate of vaccinations at the border to speed up trade, tourism, and travel. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality's entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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