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Canada’s travel ban has been extended until June 21

Trudeau also stated that the Canada-US border will reopen after at least 75% of Canadians have been vaccinated. 

The travel prohibitions in place in Canada to combat the proliferation of COVID-19 have been extended, but there is hope at the end of the tunnel. Travel from all continents, including the United States, is also prohibited until June 21.

More than a year ago, the Canadian border was restricted to non-essential traffic. For the first time in years, an end to the travel ban seems to be on the horizon. 

On May 18, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that if three-quarters of Canadians have been vaccinated, the southern border with the United States will reopen. 

“We’re all excited to get back to usual, but we also recognise that before we can get back to normal, cases must be under control and more than 75% of population must be vaccinated,” he said at a press conference. 

More than 46% of Canadians have had their first dose of the vaccine, according to the COVID-19 tracker website, which was created by a University of Saskatchewan undergraduate.

Possibility of reopening Canada-U.S. border in discussion

According to Bloomberg, the Canadian government has begun tentative discussions about reopening the Canada-US border. 

The talks are just getting started, and the reopening of the border is still a long way off. That will be determined by the number of COVID-19 cases in both countries as well as the vaccination rate. 

According to Bloomberg, the two countries are considering a proposed scheme that would allow vaccinated citizens to fly between Canada and the United States without having to take a COVID-19 exam or undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Who are allowed to travel to Canada?

  • Canada continues to maintain vital trading and travel routes. Only non-essential transport, such as for movies, shopping, or tourism, is subject to travel restrictions. 
  • Certain people are currently excluded from the travel limits. Canadians, permanent residents, and their family members are included. 
  • Furthermore, international students attending a learning institution with a COVID-19 preparation schedule, as well as some temporary foreign jobs, are excluded. 
  • Exemptions can be granted to people who are protected or who wish to come to Canada for humanitarian reasons.

Travelling conditions

  • Travelers arriving in Canada must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. 
  • When they land, they’ll have to take another exam. Travelers will be required to stay in a government-approved hotel for three days while waiting for their results. 
  • Travelers entering Canada will be required to quarantine for 14 days. The three-day hotel stay can be applied to your 14-day minimum stay requirement. Travelers who are compassionate may apply to be released from quarantine early in order to attend a funeral or care for a loved one.

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