Canada🇨🇦: Fully vaccinated international students eligible for exemption from quarantine

Canada🇨🇦: Fully vaccinated international students eligible for exemption from quarantine

News release

June 21, 2021  |   Ottawa  |  Public Health Agency of Canada The Government of Canada is taking a responsible, precautionary approach at the border by continually monitoring available data and scientific evidence to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

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 day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

For these new measures to apply to them, fully vaccinated travellers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing. Continued testing will allow public health experts to keep monitoring positivity rates at the border, monitor for variants of concern, and make further adjustments to border measures as needed.

Fully vaccinated travellers must also be asymptomatic, have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada. They must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. As with all other exempt travellers, they will be required to follow public health measures in place, such as wearing a mask when in public, keep a copy of their vaccine and test results, as well as a list of close contacts for 14 days after entry to Canada.

Quick facts

🍁 Beginning 5 July, fully vaccinated international students who meet all requirements at the Canadian border will be exempted from mandatory quarantine and can go straight to their residences.

🍁 They will still need to have a quarantine plan in case border officials determine they haven’t met all requirements.

🍁 Approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and students will have to have received two doses unless they have received Johnson & Johnson, which is a one-dose vaccine.

🍁 Students will also have to be asymptomatic and will still have to do pre- and on-arrival COVID testing.

Source : Public Health Agency of Canada