Unvaccinated Canadians should avoid traveling abroad for non-essential purposes, the federal government has warned.
As part of the government’s Level 2 international travel advisorythose who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are asked to “continue to avoid non-essential travel to all destinations”.
This includes those who have not received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as well as those who have only been partially vaccinated.
Although some countries in the world are lifting of travel restrictions on those who have not had vaccines – including Greece, Iceland, Spain, Mexico, the Maldives and others – authorities say holidays and non-essential travel should be banned for those who are not vaccinated.
“If you must travel, consider delaying your plans until you are fully immunized,” warns Canada’s Tier 2 travel advisory.
It adds: “All eligible travelers must complete a series of COVID-19 vaccines as well as any additional doses recommended in Canada, at least 14 days before travel.”
Currently, Canada considers a person who has received two doses of an accepted vaccine to be “fully immunized,” although booster doses are recommended. The only exception is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose to be considered fully vaccinated.
Additionally, Canada’s current travel rules require passengers on federally regulated planes and trains to be fully immunized unless they have a valid exemption.
There is also advice for those who are fully vaccinated.
The recently relaxed global travel advisory warns that “COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada and abroad” and says that all travelers should consult a medical professional at least six weeks before traveling abroad .
Those traveling abroad are also advised to “discuss any travel vaccinations that may be right for you”.
If you are fully immunized and going on a trip, the federal government says to keep in mind that destinations may impose confinement or travel measures with limited or even no notice.
However, the notice adds that “the decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your safety abroad and for travel arrangements to return home”.
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.
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