Fully vaccinated travellers who are American citizens and permanent residents, currently residing in the United States, will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel as of Aug. 9, 2021. If the epidemiologic situation remains favourable in Canada, on Sept. 7 the government will open the border to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated people coming from other countries.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travellers need to have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and meet specific entry requirements.
Subject to some exceptions, all travellers must use ArriveCAN (app or web portal) to submit their travel information. If they are eligible to enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
Some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place. It is recommended to check and follow both the federal and any provincial or territorial restrictions and requirements before travelling.
All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will still require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result. However as of Aug. 9, 2021, the government of Canada is adjusting its post-arrival testing strategy for fully vaccinated travellers. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.
There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers.
Also, the three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air as of 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 9. Fully vaccinated travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.
Transport Canada is also allowing international flights carrying passengers to land at five additional Canadian airports. While before international passengers could only land in either Montreal Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver, Effective Aug. 9, international flights will be permitted to land in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada – international travel increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others. Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves.
Vaccination shuttle service in Sherbrooke
Residents of certain sectors Sherbrooke can now travel by bus to the vaccination centre free of charge.
As of July 20, a free shuttle service has been set up by the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS and the Société de transport de Sherbrooke. Shuttles will be available on weekday afternoons and evenings as well as on weekends, depending on the schedule.
The sectors targeted by the service are Mont-Bellevue, Fleurimont and Downtown. This new service has been implemented to facilitate access to the centre de foires (vaccination centre) and to encourage the population to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Quebec reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday (239 new cases since the last update on Friday). There are 656 active cases in the province.
One new death was reported since the last update, for a total of 11,236 deaths in Quebec. Hospitalizations dropped by six to 78, and 23 patients are in intensive care, down two.
In the Estrie region four new cases were reported since the last update (three in Val Saint-Francois and one in Sherbrooke).
There are currently 10 active cases in the region.