U.S. extends Covid-19 travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico CNN

Canada announces limited first phase of border reopening

"First the public was told vaccinations were the key to reopening the border", Higgins said Monday morning in response to Blair's latest comments. "If you are planning to travel internationally this summer, keep in mind to check the requirements of the country that you're visiting".

Previously, foreign nationals who held a valid confirmation of permanent residence issued on or before March 18, 2020, were exempt from Canada's travel restrictions.

Those travellers must have two doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada, provide a negative COVID-19 test from 72 hours before arrival, take a second test upon arrival, and have a quarantine plan in the event the arrival test comes back positive.

"Discussions are ongoing with provincial, territory, and global partners, with the aim of allowing for non-essential travel of fully vaccinated foreign nationals into Canada in the coming months".

How do you apply for a quarantine exemption?

The federal government says more details about what information will be required and how to upload information to the app will be made available by July 5.

The requirement to be asymptomatic remains, as do the mandatory pre-departure and on-arrival molecular testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. This must be done before the traveller arrives at the Canadian border. These travellers will still have to abide by the full suite of existing travel measures, including the three-night stay in a quarantine hotel and a 14-day self-isolation, despite a federal panel calling for the quarantine hotel program to cease.

The government also announced Monday that in this first step of reopening, worldwide commercial flights will continue to be funneled through the Montréal-Trudeau global Airport, Toronto Pearson worldwide Airport, Calgary global Airport and Vancouver worldwide Airport.

Parliamentary members and travel industry leaders have been pleading with the government to re-open the border, which has had devastating economic effects for both countries.

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021.

However, being fully vaccinated does not automatically ensure someone is exempt from quarantine requirements.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood firm, saying last week the border would stay largely shut until 75% of Canadians had received the first of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine and 20% had been given both shots.

Hajdu was tight-lipped Monday on what would be required before Canada moved to the second phase of border reopening, saying simply the decision would be based on metrics like case rates and vaccination domestically, and the progression of COVID-19, notably the delta variant, internationally.

"We recognize that people are anxiously awaiting to reopen the border", Blair said. "Discussions are ongoing with provincial territorial, and worldwide partners, with the aim of allowing for the essential travel of fully vaccinated foreign nationals into Canada, in the coming months".

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