Some restrictions eased for Canadians, permanent residents crossing US border

Travel restrictions still imposed on US residents, travelers

Signs Hang on the entrance way to Canada via the Rainbow Bridge, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) (Jeffrey T. Barnes, 2020.Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Canada has eased some travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents crossing the U.S. border.

Canadian citizens and permanent Canadian residents may begin entering Canada without quarantining afterward on July 5 if they are fully vaccinated, CBC News reports. This announcement does not apply to U.S. citizens and residents traveling to Canada.

Update: Prime Minister Trudeau: Fully vaccinated Americans can enter Canada as of mid-August

Canadians and permanent residents will be required to show documentation that prove they have received all required doses of a Canadian-approved COVID vaccine at least 14 days before entering the country, according to the report. Those traveling will reportedly be required to submit the information using the ArriveCAN app, meet COVID test requirements, be asymptomatic for the virus and have a “suitable quarantine plan.”

“Final determination regarding exemptions is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada, which is why a quarantine plan is still required,” a statement reportedly reads.

Report: Canada to launch first phase of vaccine certification for cross-border travelers in July

Canada Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced that restrictions would be eased for fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents last week, when U.S.-Canada border travel restrictions were once again extended through July 21, 2021.

Canada is taking a phased approach to reopening its international border amid the pandemic. The federal government announced earlier this month that fully vaccinated residents and permanent Canadian residents crossing the border into Canada will no longer be required to stay at a hotel during their quarantine.

The tentative reopening is expected to happen in phases, using the ArriveCAN app that keeps a digital record of vaccination status.

More: Canada expected to unveil plan to reopen border in phases

Who can travel to Canada

Per the Canadian government:

Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).

These restrictions stop most non-essential (discretionary) travel to Canada.

Go here to find out more about who can enter Canada.

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