Canada is eliminating the mandatory 14-day quarantine for Canadians who drive across the border. The rules, intended to come into effect in June, apply to Canadians and permanent residents who can show they’ve received two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine– if Canada’s Covid-19 situation continues to improve.
Fully vaccinated air travellers will still have to take a Covid-19 test before they fly and after arriving in Canada and have to present a suitable quarantine plan. Those travellers will have to isolate at home until their arrival in Canada test result comes back negative. However, arriving Canadians will no longer have to quarantine for a full 14 days, but can leave home once they get a negative test result.
First step towards ease of travel restrictions
The changes do not apply to visitors coming from other countries. International travellers are still required to book a three-day quarantine hotel while they wait for on-arrival test results, and they still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the rules will only be brought in if Covid numbers continue to drop. She added the new rules are ‘being considered as the first step in this approach’.