A one-time exemption for vaccinated travelers is authorized by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for those who were unaware of the requirement to submit their information in ArriveCAN, reported Global News.
This measure has been in place at the land border since May and applies to travelers with no history of non-compliance.
“The Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act entering Canada who may not have been aware of this requirement […] are exempt from quarantine, testing and ad hoc fines,” CBSA spokesperson Rebecca Purdy said in an email to the media.
As of July 29, the exemption has been extended to fully vaccinated foreign nationals who arrive in the country from a land point.
“After this one-time exemption, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act who do not submit their information through ArriveCAN will be subject to quarantine and testing and may also be subject to fines,” said Purdy. .
A foreign national who does not meet the ArriveCAN criteria after the single exemption will however be refused entry to Canada.
Recall that the ArriveCAN application has been launched in April 2020 to control the admissibility of travellers, due to restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From May 24 to August 4, the exemption was used 308,800 times on the 5,086,187 travelers passing through the land border.
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