The government announced on Wednesday that Canada has extended all existing Kovid-related border restrictions until at least September 30 this year.
The restrictions include a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all except the complete vaccine, which means taking a two-dose preliminary series of the Covid-19 vaccine approved by Canadian health authorities.
These rules apply to travelers arriving from India to Canada, and the two main vaccines used in India, Covshield and Kovacsin, are approved for travel in Canada.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will be tested on the first and eighth days after entering Canada.
All incoming travelers must fill in their details, including vaccination status, on ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arriving in Canada. The app can be accessed on mobile devices or through its website.
Additionally, the government has said that a random covid test of passengers will be paused until July 15. It was initially discontinued on June 11 after the policy caused severe delays at Canadian airports.
Once refitted, test obligations, including randomly selected passengers, will be transferred offsite through “test provider stores, pharmacies or a virtual appointment,” according to a Canadian Public Health Agency release on Wednesday.
Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said, “As we move into the next phase of our Kovid-19 response, it is important to remember that the epidemic is not over. We must continue to do everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus. It is also important that individuals stay up to date with recommended vaccinations to ensure they are adequately protected against infection, transmission and severe complications.
Meanwhile, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on Wednesday issued an interim vaccination guideline, which strongly recommends that senior citizens of vulnerable groups (65 years or older) be given another booster dose this autumn. The number of such shots he has received in the past.
It also offered discretionary advice that those aged between 12 and 64 may be given such a dose in the fall.
“The probability, timing and intensity of the future wave of Kovid-19 is uncertain. In the later autumn and winter seasons, there may be an increase in Kovid-19 activity because people spend more time indoors, ”the NACI said in a statement.