Vaccinated travelers from other countries planning to enter Canada will no longer be obliged to follow entry rules after the latter’s government has decided to ease some of the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

According to authorities in Canada, citizens from other countries who have completed their immunization process against the virus, as well as children, regardless of their vaccination status, will be subject to facilitated entry rules, VisaGuide.World reports.

Besides, Canadian authorities have also confirmed that unvaccinated travelers, as well as those who have not fully completed their immunization process, ages five to 11, will no longer be required to complete a pre-entry COVID-19 test in order to enter this country. Such a decision has been confirmed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The same source clarified that the pre-entry test would be required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older, while children under five are not required to undergo a COVID-19 testing process when reaching the country.

All persons who have completed their immunization process, as well as children aged 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, and travelers who have a medical contradiction to COVID-19 vaccines are no longer obliged to follow mandatory self-isolation requirements.

Besides, Canadian citizens who have been fully vaccinated against the virus are no longer required to wear a face mask in public spaces for the next two weeks following their return from abroad.

However, all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, are still obliged to wear a face mask throughout the duration of their travel journey if they use federally regulated means of transport, such as trains or planes. They will also be informed by border agents when they can remove their face masks.

Authorities in Canada are also planning to remove the quarantine requirement for travelers if another person in the same group results positive upon their return.

However, at present, there are no plans to abolish the federal vaccine mandates for boarding planes, cruise ships, or mask mandates.

“This kind of requirement requires ongoing evaluation. Right now, of course, within the Canadian context, Omicron BA.2 is going strong… I think it’s one of the least intrusive measures but definitely adds another layer of protection. But I think, you know, one has always got to reevaluate policies over time, including the epidemiologic situation in Canada and overseas as well,” the Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam pointed out in this regard.

Based on the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada has registered a total of 3,664,204 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the pandemic, while a total of 38,542 people have died during the same period.

However, despite such figures, authorities in Canada have announced that the country will further ease the restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus in order to facilitate the travel process.

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