Canada’s federal government plans to roll out the first phase of its COVID vaccine certification program for entering travelers as early as next month, CBC News reports.
CBC reported Thursday that a federal government source said a new feature will be added to the ArriveCan app starting in early July.
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“The app will allow travelers to take a photo or upload a snapshot of their vaccine documentation into the app before going through customs,” the source said, “the CBC report read.
Canada is taking a phased approach to reopen its international border. The federal government announced earlier this month that fully vaccinated residents and permanent Canadian residents crossing the border into Canada will no longer be required to stay in a hotel during their quarantine.
“Exemptions for fully vaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter Canada are expected in early July. Current travel restrictions still apply, ”read a Canadian government statement this week.
These restrictions include testing and quarantine requirements. Restrictions on the Canada-U.S. Border have been in place since March 2020. Current non-essential travel restrictions are set to expire on June 21, but officials believe they will be extended again with exemptions for fully immunized Canadians.
In December 2020, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the ban on non-essential travel with the United States will not be lifted until COVID-19 is significantly more under control around the world.
The Canada Border Services Agency has a checklist for those who want to know if they are eligible to drive in Canada. To find out if you can enter Canada, go here.
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