Canada To End 14-day Quarantine for Vaccinated Citizens and Permanent Residents by July

The Canadian government eyes ending the current two-week quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers returning home, federal officials announced Wednesday. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said citizens, permanent residents, and essential workers with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can soon cross the border without staying at a government-authorized quarantine hotel stay—once they test negative.

“We’re aiming for early July. The general ballpark is the first week in July,” Haijdu said.

Travelers will still need a negative pre-departure PCR test and another test on arrival. They would quarantine at home until that test comes back negative. After that, they’d be free to go. The changes are part of a multi-step plan to reopen the country’s borders as more Canadians become vaccinated against COVID-19. Canada could move into the first stage of the plan as early as July if the vaccination rollout continues going well.