Canada begins easing it’s travel restrictions, including from United States

On July 5, travel restrictions for those entering Canada were reduced as more people have gotten vaccinated and less people are becoming infected with Covid. 

The Government of Canada announced on their website that some travel restrictions would be lifted this week. While this is a big step towards normalcy, only Canadians and Canadian residents can enter Canada without a mandatory quarantine. As for foreign nationals, only fully vaccinated people are allowed to enter Canada and are still required to quarantine after arrival. Even then, there are restrictions on who is allowed to enter.

In general, only people who are there to work, have been invited by a government official, or are visiting a close family member can enter the country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement on June 20 saying that travel between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico would continue to be restricted through July 21. The travel ban between the U.S. and Canada has been ongoing since March 2020, even with the vaccines becoming more and more readily available.

According to the World Vaccine Tracker, 68.86% of Canadians had been vaccinated with at least one dose as of June 16. On July 2, Trudeau gave a speech where he was optimistic about the amount of people who have gotten and are going to get the vaccine. He reminded people that although things have been improving they are “not quite out of the woods yet”, noting how there has been an outbreak in Yukon, despite a large number of people being vaccinated.



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