What travellers to Canada can expect on July 21

July 16, 2021

By CIC  News |

Before the end of the day on July 21, the Canadian government will have to make a decision on whether or not to extend its travel restrictions.

Currently, Canada’s borders are closed to non-essential travel. Those allowed to enter are subject to quarantine measures, unless the government considers them to be fully vaccinated. Also, direct flights between Canada and India are still suspended.

The federal government will have to revisit these measures in the coming days, as the orders-in-council are set to expire. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been touting a gradual reopening of the border, suggesting the next phase will affect fully vaccinated tourists. The Toronto Star reports only minor changes are in the works for the next border-restrictions renewal, and it is still unclear when fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter.

Prior to the pandemic Canada welcomed between 25,000 and 35,000 new permanent residents each month. Immigration levels tended to increase during the spring and summer months as newcomers arrived during more favourable weather conditions and in time for the start of the academic and business calendar in September.

Immigration fell dramatically to just 4,100 new arrivals in April 2020 and remained below 20,000 monthly arrivals for the rest of last year.

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