Canada is all set to change entry restrictions for international travellers including students from today, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on July 3, 2021.

The move is set to benefit Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their relatives, international students and certain temporary workers who have valid work permits.

New guidelines issued by Canada:

  1. Canada will be easing travel restrictions only for citizens and permanent residents from Monday.
  2. All passengers will be required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for three days while awaiting the result of their COVID-19 test done on arrival.
  3. Isolation is not required for individuals who have been fully vaccinated with any vaccine approved by Canada. The country has so far approved vaccines from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Covishield and Johnson & Johnson.
  4. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada tweeted on July 3, "Fully vaccinated travelers allowed to enter Canada may be exempt from federal quarantine and Day 8 testing begins July 5 Only vaccines approved by the Government of Canada will be accepted."
  5. Direct flights from India are restricted until further notice on July 21. Those traveling to Canada via connecting flights will have to produce negative COVID test results, which are to be conducted at the end point of departure before entering Canada.
  6. Canada has not approved Bharat Biotech's Covaxin or Russia's Sputnik V. A US firm that produces Covaxin in North America has started formal talks with Canada for vaccine approval but with no success so far.
  7. People who are traveling unvaccinated or infected with a vaccine not yet approved in the country will have to be quarantined in a hotel for three days, undergo a second test on the eighth day of their arrival and 14-days in self-isolation.


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