Fully vaccinated travelers who are exempt from travel restrictions can bypass quarantine. They still have to comply with pre-departure and on-arrival testing requirements. They also need to show up with a quarantine plan. However, if their on-arrival test comes back negative, they do not have to stay in confinement for 14 days. Plus, they can skip the day-eight test.
Exempt travellers include Canadian citizens and permanent residents, their family members, work permit holders, some international students, and some approved permanent residents.
Kids who are not eligible to get the vaccine must complete the 14-day quarantine, even though fully vaccinated adults travelling with them do not have to.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office suggested fully vaccinated tourists from the U.S. would be able to travel to Canada this August. Then the border would open for fully vaccinated tourists from all other countries by early September.
Trudeau had also previously said that unvaccinated tourists would not be allowed into Canada for “quite a while.”
There are different quarantine requirements for those flying into Canada, and those taking the U.S. land border. Air travelers who do not qualify for the quarantine exemption have to book their stay in a government approved hotel.
Fully vaccinated travelers can get exempt from quarantine. In order to be considered “fully vaccinated” they need to have had the recommended dose of a Canada-approved vaccine. So far, Canada has approved vaccines from four manufacturers: Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Travelers must have received the final dose at least 14 days before attempting to come to Canada.