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Canada announces easing of border restrictions

International arrivals will be allowed back into the country from 7 September

Canada has announced plans to reopen its borders to international tourists on 7 September after being largely closed for non-essential travel for more than a year.

Travellers will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Canadian government. Those arriving in the country must also have a plan of how they will quarantine and be ready to self-isolate if they do not align with the travel rules.

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At a recent press conference, prime minister Justin Trudeau said: “Thanks to the rising vaccination rates and declining Covid-19 cases, we are able to move forward with adjusted border measures.”

The new regulations are subject to the pandemic staying under control in the country and cases of Covid-19 staying low. Trudeau also stated that unvaccinated travellers will have to wait some time before being permitted to enter the country.

As a precursor to the wider reopening, Canada has announced that a 16-month ban on travellers from the US will be lifted, with fully-vaccinated American citizens allow to visit for non-essential purposes from 9 August.

Children under 12 who are not vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if traveling with their fully inoculated parents.

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