Canada reopens borders to double jabbed Brits with no quarantine

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Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau in a mask arriving in the UK for the G7 summit in June (AFP via Getty Images)
Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau in a mask arriving in the UK for the G7 summit in June (AFP via Getty Images)

Canada has reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since March last year.

Brits, who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, can now visit the country without needing an essential reason.

They will also be exempt from quarantine measures.

Canada was recently added to the green list meaning no quarantine will be required on returning to the UK.

However, travellers will still need to take a pre-departure test followed by a PCR test on day two of the return from Canada.

The country will also require people to fill in online paperwork and take a PCR tests 72 hours before the flight.

A statement from the country’s Public Health Agency explained: “On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.”

To be considered as fully vaccinated, travellers need to have completed your full course of vaccination at least 14 days before entering Canada.

The country currently accepts the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Canada’s largest and busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International, has advised passengers to give themselves more time when travelling.

The airport said to expect delays due to increased passenger volume and COVID-19 health measures.

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority said in a statement international travellers arriving at Pearson should prepare for the process to take up to three hours or more due to COVID-19 screening measures.

US travellers were allowed into the country previously in a trial to see if opening the border was safe.

Canada becomes the latest country where Brits can go on holiday.

A number of countries on both the green and amber lists have been welcoming back British holidaymakers.

Green list destinations, which holidaymakers can currently visit regardless of vaccination status, include: Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Croatia, Gibraltar, Latvia, Madeira, Slovenia.

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