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For Cynthia Walker, staying at a quarantine hotel near Toronto Pearson Airport was "absolutely bonkers."

The Rockwood, Ontario, local had been visiting her daughter in South Africa after two years of not seeing her due to the pandemic. She left before Omicron was named a variant concern, but by the time she was flying back to Canada earlier this month, South Africa was on a list of restricted countries for travel.

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Perhaps the biggest update to Canada's travel restrictions so far has come into effect as of Tuesday, September 7.

Fully vaccinated travellers from across the world (with just a few exceptions) will be welcomed back into the country for non-essential purposes, including tourism, sightseeing and visiting friends and family.

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On Monday, July 19, the federal government announced a series of major updates to Canada's travel restrictions, set to begin in August.

According to officials, the plan to restart international travel is possible due to the country's increased vaccination rates, declining COVID-19 cases and the reduced pressure on health care services.

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Canada's airports could look pretty different by mid-August! The federal government has confirmed that its post-arrival testing strategy is changing for fully vaccinated travellers and a new "border testing surveillance program" is in the works.

In an announcement on July 19, federal officials confirmed that fully vaccinated travellers will not need to take a COVID-19 test when they arrive in Canada, starting August 9, 2021.

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Get ready, world! Canada's international border restrictions are set to be eased for fully vaccinated travellers from September 7, 2021.

In an announcement on Monday, the Canadian government introduced a plan to restart travel, which includes welcoming fully vaccinated tourists back into the country.

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