Today could be the day when Canada announces its new COVID-19 travel rules.
Canada imposed travel restrictions in March 2020 and has continued to do so on a monthly basis through the end of 2021.
The country has chosen a step-by-step strategy to loosening its prohibitions.
Generally speaking, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, new immigrants, temporary foreign employees, international students, and family members of Canadians are now permitted to enter the country.
However, tourists from the United States and the rest of the world are among those who have been excluded. Since April, flights from India to Canada have been prohibited.
The present border restrictions end on July 21, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office indicated Thursday night that the new travel rules would be revealed “early this week,” implying that they will be made public by Tuesday, a day before the current limits expire.
We now have a good idea of what the new guidelines will entail according to Trudeau’s office’s announcement.
The one stumbling block in India, with the Canadian government being tight-lipped on when the ban on flights to India will be lifted.
What we do know is the government’s plans on allowing tourists into the country.
By mid-August, Trudeau’s office hopes to allow fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents to enter the country as tourists.
By early September, it hopes to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from throughout the world.
The caveat is that this is contingent on Canada maintaining its high immunization rate and a low COVID-19 case count.
Following a difficult start, Canada has risen to the top of the world in terms of immunization rates.
According to Canadian government data, 80% of the population aged 12 and up has received at least one vaccine dosage, with over 40% having been fully immunized.
According to statistics collected on July 15, Canada had over 400 new COVID cases the day before.
The daily COVID-19 case count in Canada peaked in April 2021, when it surpassed 9,000 new cases per day.
A better vaccine supply, on the other hand, has resulted in fewer instances, and provinces across the country have relaxed their social separation policies.
Last month, Canada stated that all holders of Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) (i.e., freshly authorized immigrants) will be immune from its travel limitations effective immediately.
Canada implemented a new regulation earlier this month exempting fully vaccinated travelers from quarantine.