England, Scotland exclude Canadians from new exception to quarantine measures – .

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England removes quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors from US, but not Canada – .


OTTAWA – Fully vaccinated Canadian travelers have been excluded from plans to ease quarantine restrictions for entry into England and Scotland.

UK countries announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated travelers in the US or Europe will not have to self-quarantine upon arrival.

The changes are expected to be in place at 4 a.m. on August 2.

The English and Scottish governments have not provided a reason why Canada was not included in the new quarantine exceptions.

The countries affected by the exceptions include the Member States of the European Union with the exception of France, the members of the European Free Trade Agreement and the micro-states of Andorra, Monaco and La Cité. of the Vatican.

This means that Canadians disembarking in England or Scotland must quarantine themselves at home or where they stay for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test after the eighth day.

The other two countries that make up the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – have not changed their rules, which means Canadians must also always self-isolate when they arrive in those states.

English Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the new measures are intended to help family members visit each other and help businesses benefit from increased trade.

“We’ve made great strides on our journey to reopen international travel and today is another big step forward,” Shapps said in a press release.

“We will of course continue to be inspired by the latest scientific evidence, but thanks to our leading national immunization program, we are able to look ahead and begin to rebuild major transatlantic routes with the United States all the way. by strengthening ties with our European neighbors. “

Michael Matheson, the Scottish Transport Secretary, said in a statement that the changes were made possible by the success of vaccination programs in Scotland, the EU and the United States.

“Fully vaccinated travelers will be able to travel to Scotland as part of this important relaxation of international travel measures, giving a boost to the tourism sector and the economy at large while ensuring the protection of public health” , did he declare.

Countries said quarantine rules would still apply to arrivals who were in France in the previous 10 days, with Scotland citing concerns over the prevalence of the COVID-19 Beta variant.

In Vancouver, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was asked about countries’ decisions on Wednesday and said she respected them.

“I have great respect for the sovereign right of each country to decide during COVID who can enter the country and under what conditions. “

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 28, 2021.

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