COVID-19: New relaxation at the border for vaccinated people

Unvaccinated children aged 5 to 11 no longer need to be tested for COVID upon entry into the country if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

It’s a new wave of easing, coming into effect on April 25, that Health Canada announced on Friday.

In addition, vaccinated travelers are no longer required to present a quarantine plan upon arrival in the country, the federal agency said.

“The health and safety of the population is our top priority and as vaccination coverage and the capacity of health systems improve, we will continue to assess the easing of other measures at the border with a science-based approach,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said.

Finally, vaccinated people will no longer be required by the federal government to wear the mask in public places, to report the occurrence of symptoms and to keep a list of close contacts and places visited for 14 days after their return to Canada. .

“Thanks to Canadians keeping sanitation and getting vaccinated, we continue to relax border measures.

However, with the few health measures still in place, travelers may have to contend with delays at the border,” Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said.

Keep in mind that travelers who do not provide their information via ArriveCAN before arriving in the country will not be eligible for the new measures for vaccinated travelers.

Number of travelers to Canada hits pre-pandemic highs

After two years of the pandemic, the number of travelers entering Canada peaked in April.

For example, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) welcomed more than one million travelers (1,053,523) during the week of April 11-17, a first since the pandemic began in March 2020.

However, this flow of people at Canada’s borders can cause delays at peak times. “The CBSA is working to reduce long waits at the border, but travelers can also take steps to simplify the process for themselves and other travelers,” the federal agency said.

With the new measures announced by the government, we can expect traffic to stop. In order to reduce the waiting time at customs, travelers are asked to submit the mandatory information in the ArriveCAN application within 72 hours of their arrival in the country.

“As COVID-19 public health responses continue to evolve, the CBSA urges travelers to keep up to date with any requirements by consulting the Government of Canada’s COVID-19, Travel and Borders website.” , the government agency said in a press release .

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