Canada has announced that it plans to ease border restrictions and scrap mandatory hotel quarantine for full vaccinated citizens from July.
The country’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced the phased changes this week.
The changes mean Canadians who fly into the country who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to stay in a hotel for a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Travellers will still need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure and will have to take another test once arriving in Canada.
The updated rules only apply to citizens or permanent residents. They do not apply to tourists wanting to enter Canada.
The health minister did not provide a timeline for when fully vaccinated non-Canadian citizens might be able to enter the country without restrictions.
Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March 2020. Those coming home are currently required to quarantine for 14 days after undergoing tests at the airport.