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Canada Announces New Measures For ‘Travel Requirements’ Starting Today

Beginning November 30, 2021, four new modifications to travel requirements will take effect that will affect practically everyone. Travel within Canada and internationally will differ as of Tuesday due to new laws.

  • If a person wants to travel within Canada or outside of Canada, they must be completely vaccinated, which includes citizens, permanent residents, international tourists, and others. Only a few exceptions will be permitted. This includes travellers aged 12 and above on domestic and international flights, as well as VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer train passengers.

  • A negative Covid-19 test will no longer be considered as a substitute for complete vaccination as of Tuesday (November 30), unless the traveller has a legal exemption. This will only apply to persons who are already in Canada and want to travel within or beyond the country. Those with a “medical inability to be vaccinated,” those with “sincere religious beliefs,” those travelling for emergency circumstances, and those travelling in the national interest are among those who are exempt.

  • Canada has added three new vaccines to the list of authorized vaccines which include Sinopharm, Sinovac, and COVAXIN. If passengers can show appropriate proof, travellers who have had these vaccines will be considered fully immunized for all of Canada’s travel requirements.

  • Canadians who leave Canada and return within 72 hours will not require Covid testing prior to entering the country. This will apply to passengers arriving by land or air. Officials said, “Airlines and railways will continue to be responsible for confirming the vaccination status of travellers.” Individual airlines and railways will evaluate eligibility for exclusions in most circumstances. Those requesting exemptions should approach their airline or train firm to make their application prior to travel. Travellers should be aware that they will need to provide proof of vaccination through the ArriveCAN app.

Employers should familiarise themselves with the changes to Canada’s border controls that will affect their employees who are needed to travel for business. In the following months, the Canadian government will continue to make changes to border restrictions in response to Covid-19 cases both at home and overseas. Employers should be on the lookout for any pertinent announcements and remain cautious.

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