Feds to lift 14-day quarantine for fully vaccinated Canadians
The government is crafting plans to loosen the current 14-day isolation period for border-crossers who've had two vaccine doses, said the people, speaking on condition they not be identified. Instead, they'll be permitted to quarantine at home while they wait for the results of a test on arrival.
Other travellers reached out to CP24 to relay fears that they contracted COVID-19 while in hotel quarantine. After that, they'd be free to go.
The border between the two countries has been closed since March 2020. Canada could move into the first stage of the plan as early as July if the vaccination rollout continues going well. "The general ballpark is the first week in July", Haijdu said.
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc said that the decision around when the change will be implemented will in part be based on the COVID-19 infection rates in the country.
"The requirement to stay in a government-authorized hotel is being lifted for people who now have the right of entry into Canada", Hajdu told reporters in Ottawa. "Categories approved for entry will remain the same".
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada launched a campaign this week urging the federal government to negotiate the reopening of the Canada-U.S. border. -BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc., AstraZeneca Plc-Oxford University or Johnson & Johnson.
According to The White House, 52 per cent of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Experts have already suggested that Canada's existing two-tier quarantine system was ineffective.
Since February, all air travellers returning to Canada on commercial flights have had to stay at a government-mandated hotel for up three days while they await results of a PCR COVID-19 test administered upon arrival at the airport terminal.
Comprised of infectious disease specialists and public health experts, the panel raised a series of issues with mandatory hotel quarantines, including that a number of travellers chose to pay the fine of up to $3,000 to skip the hotel stay, without presenting a legitimate quarantine alternative.
"As much as possible, land and air border measures should be consistent", the panel wrote in its report.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, global students and essential workers would still require proof of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test in order to enter Canada, and be tested again for Covid-19 upon arrival, as well as isolate at home while awaiting those results. Since then, Canada's federal government has advised against worldwide travel.
Canadian businesses, especially airlines and those that depend on tourism, have been lobbying for Ottawa to relax restrictions as more and more people are vaccinated.