Fully-vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents can soon skip hotel stay: Hajdu

The federal government says fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents crossing the border into Canada will soon no longer be required to stay at a hotel for part of their quarantine period.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government is hoping to ease some restrictions in stages, starting in early July.

She said those fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will still have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and have an isolation plan until their test comes back negative.

This relaxation of the rules applies only to Canadian citizens who have obtained both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada. It does not apply to tourists.

The plan depends on case counts, said Hajdu.

“We’ll be watching carefully here in Canada and around the world as cases change and as vaccination rates rise,” she said.

Sources — who are not being named by CBC because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the issue — said that more details about lifting restrictions for the wider population are still pending.

On Feb. 22, the federal government started requiring all air travellers returning from non-essential trips abroad to isolate in federally mandated facilities for up to 72 hours while they await the results of polymerase chain reaction tests — commonly known as PCR tests — for COVID-19.

People arriving at land borders are required to take COVID-19 tests when they enter the country and again during their 14-day isolation period.

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