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COVID-19 travel regulations for kids and the fully immunised will be eased on Monday

COVID-19 travel regulations will be relaxed for youngsters and the fully immunised on Monday.

Key Takeaways:

  • Beginning Monday, some of Canada’s pandemic border regulations will be loosened for fully vaccinated adults and children.
  • According to the PHAC, pre-entry tests will continue to be necessary for eligible partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers aged 12 and up.
  • Assume you’ve recovered from COVID-19 and can demonstrate documentation of a positive molecular test result received within the last 180 days before entering Canada.

Some of Canada’s pandemic border regulations will be relaxed beginning Monday for adults who are fully vaccinated, as well as children, regardless of vaccination status.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stated Friday that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 5 to 11 accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian would not be required to undergo a pre-entry COVID-19 test to enter Canada.

According to the PHAC, pre-entry tests will be necessary for eligible partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers aged 12 and up. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for children under five.

Changes are also on the way to the present requirement that international visitors provide a quarantine plan upon arrival.

All fully vaccinated individuals, children aged 5-11 who a fully vaccinated parent or guardian accompanies, and travelers with a valid medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be required to show an isolation plan upon returning to Canada.

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Furthermore, properly vaccinated Canadians will not be compelled to wear a mask in public for the first 14 days after returning from a trip abroad.

If using a federally regulated mode of transportation such as an aircraft or train, all travelers must continue to wear a mask for their voyage, regardless of their vaccination status. Border officers will advise them when they can remove their masks.

These modifications will take effect at 1 a.m. EDT on April 25.

The federal mandate that persons entering Canada from the overseas monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as well as keep a list of close contacts and places visited, will be repealed on Monday.

Canada is also getting rid of the requirement that travelers be quarantined if another party member develops symptoms or tests positive after returning.

On Friday, government public health officials told reporters that there are no plans to lift the federal vaccine mandates for boarding flights, trains, or cruise ships and the mask mandates.

“This type of demand necessitates constant assessment.” Of course, Omicron BA.2 is still running strong in Canada right now… It’s one of the least intrusive solutions I’ve seen, but it provides another degree of security. 

But, you know, I believe you constantly have to reevaluate policy throughout time, considering the epidemiologic situation in Canada and elsewhere,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer.

COVID-19 travel regulations will be relaxed for youngsters and the fully immunised on Monday.
COVID-19 travel regulations will be relaxed for youngsters and the fully immunised on Monday. Image from Reuters

“The health, as well as safety of Canadians, remains our first concern,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos in a statement. “As vaccination levels and healthcare system capacity increase, we will continue exploring further relaxing border restrictions based on evidence.”

Anyone who enters Canada without being completely vaccinated will be tested with a COVID-19 molecular test at the border and on day eight of their 14-day quarantine.

The government will continue to conduct “mandated random testing” for fully vaccinated travelers. Still, those chosen will not be required to remain in quarantine while waiting for their test results. Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal are the only four major international airports where this randomized testing will take place.

However, suppose you have recovered from COVID-19 and can show proof of a positive molecular test result obtained no more than 180 days before entering Canada. In that case, PHAC recommends bringing that proof with you along with your other required documents, as it will prevent you from being selected for mandatory randomized testing.

As per the Public Health Agency of Canada, all travelers must still use the ArriveCAN app or website to provide their mandatory travel information, such as contact information and proof of vaccination, within 72 hours of arriving in Canada or before boarding a plane or cruise ship bound for the country.

Failure to correctly complete their ArriveCAN paperwork may result in quarantine, as well as penalties and other enforcement procedures, according to government officials.

Source: CTV News

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