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Hotel quarantine starts to end in two weeks

Hotel quarantine starts to end in two weeks”

Announced on Monday, the new measures - set to come into force July 5 - will allow Canadians and eligible travellers to forego both the mandatory 14-day quarantine and day-8 COVID-19 test, provided they've received both COVID-19 vaccine doses at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

"Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day8". Travelers will still need to have tested negative for COVID-19 before their trip, and take a second test at the border.

In a Sunday interview discussing travel restrictions, Blair said the "finish line" is when a significant majority of Canadians - approximately 75 percent - are fully-vaccinated.

There have been growing calls in recent weeks for the Trudeau government to reopen its borders, which have been largely closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. On Friday, the government extended the restrictions until at least July 21.

Asked if that might allow Canada to reopen the border by the end of August, Blair said while he didn't want to get ahead of the country's public health agency, he was hopeful.

This first step in a "phased" border reopening changes nothing for travellers who have yet to receive a vaccine, or who have just had one shot.

The border restrictions have kept families apart, blocked tourists and students, and hampered the world's largest bilateral trading relationship.

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"They expect us not to squander those hard-won gains [made] over the previous year and a half". "Discussions are ongoing with provincial territorial, and global partners, with the aim of allowing for the essential travel of fully vaccinated foreign nationals into Canada, in the coming months". It could also expedite entry for new immigrants and non-permanent residents like students.

The Canadian airline industry has also been urging the government to eliminate the quarantine requirements and ease travel restrictions.

Among the information the federal government is making mandatory to submit through the app: travel and contact details; quarantine plans, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

"We're told this is the first phase of the government's approach to easing border measures, but what are the next phases - and how will we know when we get there?" Blair's announcement Friday that Canada would extend the border restrictions was met with some unusually blunt language from Brian Higgins, a New York Democrat who represents a border district.

"Thank you to all those who have stepped up to get their first and second dose". As a result, some 66 per cent of Canadians have received one shot, but only 18 per cent have had two, the CTV data show.

Proof of vaccination will be required, as will testing before arriving and upon arrival, according to the CBC.

In talks between the United States and Canada last week, the USA government did not endorse setting a specific threshold to trigger lifting the restrictions, a person briefed on the talks said.



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