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Canada border restrictions extended to July 21

June 18, 2021

Canada will be extending its restrictions on international travellers until July 21.

Public safety minister, Bill Blair, confirmed the news in a tweet on July 18, saying Canada is extending travel restrictions on non-essential international travel until July 21st, 2021.

Blair also said the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, and others who are currently exempt from the restrictions to enter Canada. More details are forthcoming Monday.

The list of exempt travellers includes Canadian citizens and permanent residents, their family members, work permit holders, some international students, and some approved permanent residents.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that the method for proving vaccination status will come in two phases. In the short term, the plan is that incoming travellers will upload their vaccination documents to the ArriveCAN app. Eventually the government is planning to establish a national certification status that will be accepted around the world. This step will have to involve the provinces, Trudeau said, as vaccination falls under provincial jurisdiction.

In previous announcements, health officials have said that Canada will only recognize travellers as fully vaccinated if they received one of the four vaccines approved in Canada: Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson and Johnson.

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