Ottawa dropping quarantine hotel requirement for fully-vaccinated Canadian travellers

Ottawa announced Wednesday that fully vaccinated Canadians arriving in the country by plane won’t have to stay in a mandatory quarantine hotel.

It’s part of a phased plan to lift border restrictions being considered by the federal government that would begin in early July.

“What is currently being considered as the first step in this approach is to allow fully-vaccinated individuals currently permitted to enter Canada to do so without the requirement to stay in government-authorized accommodations,” said Health Minister Patty Hajdu during a press conference adding that the start date is contingent on COVID activity in the country and elsewhere.

“Travellers would have to be fully vaccinated 14 days or more prior to their arrival, and they will still be required to have a negative pre-departure PCR test result and be required to be tested on upon arrival with a suitable quarantine plan to wait for their day one test results,” she said.

The rules will apply only to fully-vaccinated Canadian citizens who have had both shots of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and won’t apply to tourists.

 

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