You may want to hold off on booking your vacation! ✈️
Although it just got easier for fully vaccinated Canadians to go abroad and return home, the federal government continues to "strongly advise" against all international travel.
On June 21, the federal government confirmed that Canada's travel restrictions would be eased for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, making it a lot simpler for many people to go on a vacation abroad.
From July 5, Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 won't be required to isolate for two-weeks upon their return to Canada, or stay in a quarantine hotel. They will also be allowed to skip the day-eight COVID-19 test upon their return.
While this means it's a lot easier to go on a trip abroad because it's more straightforward to return to Canada, it doesn't mean the feds want you to book a vacation.
In a statement shared on Monday, the federal government confirmed it "continues to strongly advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel worldwide."
"Even as vaccinations roll out in Canada and around the world, travel continues to present a risk of importing cases of COVID-19 and its variants," the notice added, before warning that travel plans could be "severely disrupted" if restrictions were to change at short notice.
"For example, you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected," the message read, adding, "You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans."
It's also worth keeping in mind that other countries, including the U.S., continue to have their own travel restrictions in place, which may continue to prevent Canadians from travelling there anyway!
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
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