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Canada’s current obligation for all inbound air travelers to quarantine in hotels for up to three days should be removed, an expert advisory group on COVID-19 has recommended.

The group included the recommendations in its updated border report on Thursday, proposing several changes to the country’s existing border mandates.

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Among the recommendations was the removal of the mandatory quarantine of hotels in “government authorized accommodation” for all air travelers arriving in Canada.

The panel also made several recommendations based on the immunization status of travelers.

They said fully vaccinated travelers should no longer have to take a pre-departure test or go through the mandatory 14-day quarantine. They would also be exempt from the previously recommended COVID-19 test, carried out seven days after arrival, the committee recommended.


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Partially vaccinated travelers should still undergo pre-departure testing within 72 hours of their flight and another test within 24 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers, according to the panel, should still undergo the same testing methods as partially vaccinated travelers, but should remain in quarantine at destination for seven days until they receive a negative test result.

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Canada should also continue to screen international travelers for more transmissible variants, the report recommends, but advises against country-specific restrictions due to gaps and wide transmission of the virus.

More soon…

With files from the Canadian Press

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