Canada Immigration Update
Canada set to allow discretionary travel for fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United Status on August 9, 2021:
What is changing on August 9?
Discretionary travel allowed
1) Discretionary (non-essential) travel for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents residing in the US will be allowed. This marks the first allowance for discretionary travel to Canada since travel restrictions were imposed in March 2020.
2) Entry of unvaccinated U.S. citizen or permanent resident children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step parent or guardian who has a right to enter Canada (is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). The child must reside in the U.S. or otherwise be permitted entry to the US.
Update to Testing requirements
1) Canadian citizens and permanent residents travelling to the U.S. for less than 72 hours will be allowed to do their pre-entry test in Canada
2) Adjusted post-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travelers. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travelers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test
Quarantine Requirements are changing
1) The three-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement will end for all travelers arriving by air.
2) Unvaccinated children under 12 will no longer have to complete a 14 day quarantine but must follow strict public health measures and remain subject to testing on Day 1 and Day 8. Provinces may have more stringent rules in place that travelers need to be aware of and abide by.
What about the rest of the world?
Travel for fully-vaccinated individuals other than U.S. citizens and permanent residents is expected to be allowed on September 7, 2021. If the epidemiology for COVID-19 in Canada remains favourable, the Canadian government intends to open Canada's border for discretionary travel (i.e. visits not currently permitted) by travelers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-approved vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. This would be subject to any country-specific travel bans in place at the time.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/07/easing-border-measures-for-fully-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada---permitting-discretionary-travel-for-citizens-and-permanent-residents-of-th.html?fbclid=IwAR2ojdHLu2_FIkWwWvI5z7X5HvdPm8IYkY3LoWiGlsuR_aQu-PUIqsfLm8Q
International Travel allowed at additional airports: Since March 18, 2020, international flights have been restricted to landing at one of four Canadian airports - Toronto, Montreal Calgary and Vancouver. Starting August 9, 2021, international flights will again be permitted again to land in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton International Airports.
To read more: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border