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Canada to lift hotel quarantine requirement for travellers by July

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The Canadian government is planning to lift a hotel quarantine restriction which requires travellers into the country to quarantine at a hotel for three days upon entry.

Intergovernmental Minister, Dominic LeBlanc recently announced that fully vaccinated individuals would be allowed to enter the country and skip the mandatory hotel stay.

“As Prime Minister Trudeau has said a number of times, we will adjust border measures gradually keeping the health of Canadians, first and foremost, in our sights.” LeBlanc said.

His comments follow an earlier announcement by Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu.

“What is currently being considered as the first step in this approach is to allow fully vaccinated individuals currently permitted to enter Canada to do so without the requirement to stay in government authorized accommodations.” she said.

However, even after the restriction is lifted, travellers will be expected to present a negative COVID test and quarantine for 14 days after arrival in their preferred accommodations. 

The hotel quarantine requirement has been in place since February 22nd as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Under this rule, air travellers were expected to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for three days while awaiting results of a test taken on arrival into the country.

Canada still has strict travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic and is only allowing Canadians, permanent residents, their family members, some temporary foreign workers and international students who are attending a designated learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan to enter the country.

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