On Wednesday, the federal government announced a gradual easing of border restrictions related to COVID-19. The first phase will be to end mandatory quarantine at a hotel for fully vaccinated travellers. Here is what to expect.

Who does not need to quarantine at a hotel?

  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine at a hotel.

Which vaccines count?

  • The change only applies to those who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Health Canada. Currently this includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Does this mean that anyone can come to Canada as long as they have been fully vaccinated?

  • No, the change only applies to those who already have the right to enter Canada under the current restrictions.

Will fully vaccinated travellers still need to get a COVID-19 test?

  • Yes, in order to travel all travellers need to have a negative pre-departure PCR test and will need to be tested again upon arrival.

Does this mean that fully vaccinated travellers do not need to self-isolate?

  • No, fully vaccinated travellers will have to self-isolate until they receive a negative result from their arrival test.

How does the change apply to families with unvaccinated children?

  • This is still unclear. Minister of Health Patty Hajdu said that the government has yet to figure out all the details, but that families will not be separated.

Anisha Nag

Anisha Nag is a Juris Doctor student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has extensive experience in immigration and refugee law and aspires to practice in this area of law upon her graduation in 2022. In 2021, Anisha participated in Osgoode Hall’s Intensive Program in Immigration and Refugee Law and completed a legal internship at the law office of Raoul Boulakia. Volunteer work is very important to Anisha. She has done pro bono legal research for the Centre for Refugee Studies and the Empowerment Council. She currently volunteers at the refugee shelter Romero House where she serves as an English as a Second Language tutor for teenaged refugees.

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