Exemptions announced for fully vaccinated students in Canada

Beginning 05th July 2021, the fully vaccinated international students in Canada will be allowed to skip the mandatory quarantine and proceed to their respective residences directly, providing they fulfill all other eligibility requirements. They will not be required to go for compulsory 14-day quarantine in a government-authorized hotel, and the rule of the COVID-19 test on the eighth day of arrival has also been removed.

These relaxations have been made keeping in mind the impressive vaccination rollout in Canada and normalizing the situation as Canadians have been practicing public health measures. The relaxations are offered only to international students and Canadian permanent residents and not tourists. Also, partially vaccinated patients will have to maintain the quarantine and testing as per the rules. Canada is also looking forward to lifting the ban on flights, though direct flights from India will not be permitted for another month given the high infection rate of the country.

Those who are eligible for the exemption must note –

  • They are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the date of arrival
  • The admissible vaccination are either two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIED or a single dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • They can be vaccinated in any country, and even a combination of vaccine is also allowed, provided they have been administered the vaccines recognized by Canada
  • If there a child/children (not eligible for the vaccine) accompanying the fully vaccinated parents, they have to be quarantined for 14 days, but this can be done at home along with the parents
  • The travelers claiming the exemption as they are fully vaccinated must provide proof of vaccination in English/ French or with a certified translation in either of these languages
  • While being fully vaccinated, these travelers have to be asymptomatic, carrying digital or paper proof of the vaccination and should provide all the COVID related information electronically on the ArriveCAN app
  • They should still have a quarantine plan just if it is determined that they are not meeting all the requirements. A government official at the border will attend them to decide on the exemption, based on the information they provide upon arrival

This is a move that the educational institutes essentially welcome as the restrictions have begun to ease. However, the tourism sector is still disappointed as the tourists are not given the exemption, affecting the industry further. Canada adopts a cautious and step-by-step approach to uplift the restrictions and returns the situation to pre-pandemic times.

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