The Government of Canada, using a risk-based approach to its decision making, has announced further relaxing of border measures, effective Monday 25APR.
Included in the new measures, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children ages 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated guardian, will no longer be required to complete a pre-entry COVID-19 test to enter Canada. Pre-entry tests will still be required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers 12 and older.
In addition, all fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. This requirement will also be removed for children ages 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated guardian and travellers with a "medical contraindication" to a COVID-19 vaccine.
Further, fully vaccinated travellers arriving to Canada on or after 25APR will no longer be federally required to do the following for 14 days after arriving:
- mask while in public spaces;
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms;
- quarantine if another traveller in the same travel group exhibits signs or symptoms or tests positive; and
- maintain a list of close contacts and locations visited.
Travellers must still use the ArriveCAN app to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours of their arrival to Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada, including: contact and travel information, and vaccination information and proof of vaccination if applicable.
"The gradual easing of restrictions for travellers is part of our balanced and science-based approach to managing COVID-19 and its variants. Although some restrictions may be easing, air and rail travellers are reminded that they are still required to wear a mask throughout their travel journey. Wearing a mask offers an extra layer of protection for you and your fellow travellers, and will help keep Canadians, workers and our transportation system safe," said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.