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EXEO Attorneys | Immigration U.S. & Canada Weekly Update

This week’s special newsletter provides an overview of notable changes in Canadian immigration including all measures directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the latest news as of July 19, 2021. The Canadian border will open to vaccinated Americans as of August 9.

Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s July 19 announcement, travelers who reside in the United States and are United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States. They must be fully immunized and have received the second dose at least 14 days before their arrival in Canada. They will be able to enter Canada for non-essential reasons as of August 9, 2021. 

Further details will follow in this regard.

The Canadian border will open to vaccinated travelers outside of the US as of September 7

Travelers from other countries, fully vaccinated, will be able to enter Canada from September 7, 2021 under conditions to be determined by decree. Further details will follow in this regard.

Quarantine and screening requirements eased as of August 9, 2021

As of August 9, 2021, the compulsory 3-night hotel stay for non-vaccinated people will no longer be in effect. People who have not been vaccinated will have to undergo a screening test on arrival, as well as on the eighth day, while respecting a 14 day quarantine from their place of residence.

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days, but will have to avoid public places such as summer camps, daycares or schools. However, they will be tested on arrival and on the eighth day following their arrival. 

Travelers who are fully vaccinated and do not show symptoms of COVID-19 will no longer be routinely subjected to a molecular test upon arrival on Canadian soil.

Further clarifications will follow around August 9, 2021.

Reopening of airports in Canada as of August 9, 2021

International flights will also resume at five other international airports on August 9, 2021: Quebec City Jean-Lesage International Airport, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport, Winnipeg James Armstrong-Richardson International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Edmonton International Airport.

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