The government of Canada announced on Wednesday that all current Covid-related border restrictions had been extended until at least September 30 of this year.
Everyone who is not completely immunized—defined in this case as having had the primary series of two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine authorized by Canadian health authorities—must adhere to the limitations, which include a 14-day quarantine requirement.
The two most often used vaccinations in India, Covishield and Covaxin, are both permitted for travel in Canada, therefore these regulations also apply to visitors from India who arrive in the country.
Additionally, those who are not deemed completely immunized will be checked on the first and eighth days following their admission into Canada.
All incoming travelers must continue to submit their information on ArriveCAN within 72 hours of their arrival in Canada, including their vaccination status. On mobile devices or through its website, users may access the app.
The government has announced that until July 15 there would be no random Covid testing of travelers. The program was temporarily abandoned on June 11 because it caused lengthy delays at Canadian airports.
The Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Wednesday that the testing schedule, which includes a randomly chosen passenger, will be moved outside to “test provider stores, pharmacies, or by virtual appointment” whenever it is reinstated.
“As we go into the next phase of our Covid-19 response, it is vital to remember that the epidemic is not finished,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada‘s minister of health. We must maintain taking all necessary steps to protect ourselves and others from the virus. In order to be fully protected against infection, transmission, and serious sequelae, it is crucial for people to maintain current with the prescribed immunizations.
In the meantime, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on Wednesday released an interim vaccination guidance in which it was strongly advised that anyone in a vulnerable group, such as a senior (aged 65 or over), receive another booster dose this fall, regardless of how many of these shots they have already received.
Additionally, it published a discretionary recommendation stating that those between the ages of 12 and 64 may also receive such a dosage in the fall.
“A subsequent wave of Covid-19’s probability, timing, and severity are all undetermined. The latter fall and winter seasons, when individuals spend more time indoors together, may see an increase in Covid-19 activity, according to a statement from NACI.