Canada Takes First Steps To Loosen Border Restrictions

Canada’s border restrictions are starting to ease… a little bit.

After 16 months of rigid travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic, Canada is finally starting to loosen a few of the rules.

Effective today (July 5), fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to skip the 14-day quarantine period upon arrival within Canada.

Eligible air travelers will also be exempt from the requirement that they spend their first three days in Canada in a government-approved hotel.

However, the Canada Border Services Agency has said that would-be travelers will still be prohibited from entering the country if they were not eligible to travel to Canada before July 5.

Travellers must use the "ArriveCAN" app or web portal prior to departure to log their vaccination details, as well as the results of a negative COVID-19 test that's less than three days old.

Anyone who arrived in Canada before July 5 will still be required to spend a full two weeks in quarantine upon arrival.