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Canada’s new Omicron travel rules at a glance – Canada Immigration News

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Published on December 7th, 2021 at 09:00am EST

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After the Omicron variant emerged, Canada implemented a slew of new travel restrictions.

Travellers from 10 African countries were hit with increased restrictions last week. The affected nations include: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Foreign nationals who have been to any of these countries within the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Canada.

The new measures also affect Canadian citizens and permanent residents travelling from these countries. They have to get a COVID-19 test in a third country in order to return home. A temporary measure is currently in place, which allows Canadians to get tested in South Africa, one of the countries with entry prohibitions.

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The order in council for prohibiting specific countries from entering Canada is ongoing until at least January 31, 2022. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents from these countries may enter, but they still have to follow stringent health measures.

Also, Canada reintroduced on-arrival testing and quarantine for travellers from all countries except the U.S. Fully vaccinated travellers must take a test on arrival, and quarantine at home until they receive the results.

We would like to try to make it easier for you to view the new rules before planning your trip to Canada. Here, the transport minister offers some flow charts that illustrate the new procedures for inbound travellers.

Before you travel…

The Canadian government website offers a web tool to help incoming travellers find out if they are allowed to enter the country. This online tool does not guarantee entry. The border officer will have the final say on whether or not you can travel to Canada.

Regardless of your vaccination status, you still need a 14-day quarantine plan in case the officer determines that you must self isolate.

All travellers age five and up must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure, or arrival at a land border crossing. If you have a positive test result, it must be between 14 and 180 days old.

In order to be recognized as fully vaccinated, you need the full recommended dose of one or a combination of the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Travellers must upload their documents through the ArriveCAN app or website.

For Canadians from the 10 affected countries

Vaccinated travellers arriving from the countries will need to get tested on arrival. Those who test positive at the airport will need to isolate at home or a quarantine facility. If they test negative, they may quarantine at home or a designated quarantine facility. They must then provide a day 8 test. If it is negative, they can end their quarantine at day 14. If it is positive, they must isolate for 10 more days.

Unvaccinated travellers arriving from the prohibited countries will have the same requirements.

For vaccinated travellers from other countries, except the U.S.

Travellers from countries other than the U.S. and the 10 prohibited African countries will need to complete an arrival test. They will then have to quarantine at home until they receive their results. If their test comes back negative, they can be released from quarantine. If it comes back positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

For unvaccinated travellers arriving from other countries, except the U.S.

Unvaccinated travellers who are allowed to enter Canada will be subject to the same measures as travellers from the prohibited countries. They must take a test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days. If their on-arrival test comes back negative they will still have to complete the remainder of the quarantine, and submit a test on day 8. Should their day 8 test come back negative, then their quarantine ends on day 14. If it comes back positive, they must isolate for another 10 days.

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Britain said on Monday it had begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to help it defend itself from a potential invasion, during a stand-off with Russia which has massed troops near the Ukrainian border.

Western countries say they fear Russia is preparing a pretext for a new assault on Ukraine, which it invaded in 2014.

Moscow denies any plans for an attack, but has said it could take unspecified military action unless the West agrees to a list of demands, including banning Ukraine from ever joining NATO. Talks last week ended with no breakthrough. Kyiv has asked Western countries for arms to help it protect itself.

“We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems,” British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament, saying the first systems were already delivered on Monday and a small number of British personnel would provide training for a short period of time.

He did not specify the number or type of weapons that were being sent, but said: “They are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia. They are to use in self-defence.”

“These are short-range …. but nevertheless it would make people pause and think what they were doing and if tanks were to roll into Ukraine, invade it, then they would be part of the defence mechanism.”

Ukraine’s defence minister welcomed Wallace’s announcement.

“Ukraine highly appreciates Britain’s decision to provide a new security package with light, anti-armour, defensive weapon systems!” Oleksii Reznikov said in a tweet.

Britain has previously warned Russia of severe consequences if it launched a new military assault on Ukraine, while offering financing to enhance Ukraine’s naval capabilities.

Wallace said he had invited Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to visit London in the next few weeks to discuss the crisis, though he did not know whether the Russians would accept.

“The current gap is wide but not unbridgeable,” Wallace said, voicing the hope that diplomacy would prevail and adding, “It is President (Vladimir) Putin’s choice.”

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Alistair Smout; additional reporting by Natalia Zinets and Matthias Williams; Editing by Kate Holton, Peter Graff and Howard Goller)

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Canada has terminated its sourcing contract with Malaysian glove maker Supermax Corp following allegations about forced labour, the country’s public services and procurement department said on Tuesday.

“Based on the seriousness of the allegations and expected timelines for the final audit results, the Government of Canada has decided, and Supermax Healthcare Canada has agreed, to terminate by mutual consent the two existing contracts for the supply of nitrile gloves,” the department told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Supermax did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Ed Davies)

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A Moscow court on Monday said it had ordered Alphabet’s Google to pay 4 million roubles ($52,526) for not removing access to content banned in Russia, the latest in a string of fines for the U.S. tech giant.

Russia upped the ante late last year in its efforts to increase pressure on Big Tech, handing massive, revenue-based fines to Google and Meta Platforms for repeatedly failing to remove content Moscow deems illegal.

Google declined to comment.

The TASS news agency reported that Google had been fined for providing access to links of banned websites.

($1 = 76.1530 roubles)

 

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow, Editing by Louise Heavens)

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