Britons could enjoy restriction-free holidays to Canada by the end of this month, according to the latest reports.
A Government source told CBC News that the federal Government has made the decision to drop its vaccination requirement for entry, its policy of random Covid testing of arrivals and the mandatory use of the ArriveCan app or website for international travellers, with an official announcement expected on Monday.
The Globe and Mail newspaper reported earlier this week that the Government was planning to change entry rules on 30 September.
Travellers have faced some of strictest rules of any country when visiting Canada, which currently includes random selection for testing at four Canadian airports that can lead to 10 days of quarantine if they are found to have Covid-19.
The Public Health Agency of Canada told i: “The measures outlined in the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order currently remain in effect. Any future easing or modification of border restrictions in Canada will be communicated in due course.
“Travellers are encouraged to visit Canada’s COVID-19 Travel web page for the latest information on Canada’s border measures, including testing exemptions, quarantine requirements, ArriveCan an other advice.”
As it stands, all over-12s must have received at least two doses of a two-jab vaccine course or at least one dose of the Janssen Jcovden vaccine at least 14 days before entry to Canada. There are limited exceptions to this rule with strict requirements for unvaccinated travellers who are granted entry, including 14 days of self-isolation.
It is also mandatory for all arrivals to use the ArriveCan mobile app or to sign in on a browser to enter their proof of vaccination and travel information.
Those who fail to submit this information using ArriveCan could be fined $5,000.
Meanwhile, the random testing policy is in place at Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada’s four biggest airports.
It is possible to avoid this random selection for testing by flying to one of Canada’s smaller airports – there are direct flights available between the UK and Halifax, for example.
While other major tourist destinations retain similar entry rules for vaccination, Canada’s random Covid-19 testing and the risk it holds of quarantine is particularly tough.
Travellers who are arriving to Canada by air and landing in one of the four airports where random testing applies must check their email to see if they have been selected following the completion of their customs declaration and receiving a kiosk receipt.
The UK scrapped its hotel quarantine policy in December 2021 and the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test ended on 24 February this year. All Covid-19 international travel restrictions for arrival to the UK ended on 18 March.
Spain and Luxembourg are the only remaining European countries that require proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from Covid for entry.
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