Brits hoping to travel abroad on holiday have been given another boost today as Canada announced it was opening its borders to fully vaccinated travellers.
People who have received their full quote of Covid-19 jabs will be allowed to travel to Canada without requiring an essential reason from today.
Canada’s border rule change also means that people entering the country will be exempt from any quarantining measures, the Evening Standard reports.
In a statement, Canada’s Public Health Agency said that the rule changes would be put in place so long as the current situation remains under control.
Brits hoping to travel abroad on holiday have been given another boost today as Canada announced it was opening its borders to fully vaccinated travellers. Pictured: Canada’s Vancouver International Airport on July 30, 2021
The statement read: ‘On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.’
Canada was placed onto England’s green list on the morning of August 30, and now the country has returned the favour, making it easier for travellers to go there on holiday.
No quarantining will be required on either end of the journey to Canada, however, your are required to conduct a PCR test 72 hours before your flight.
And a PCR test will also still be required on day two of the return from the country.
The country had previously opened its borders to US citizens on a trial basis to determine how safe reopening the borders is.
The country currently accepts the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The news comes after official estimates suggested that a quarter of Britons arriving from amber-listed countries failed to follow isolation rules.
Some 23 per cent of amber arrivals in England in July either avoided staying at home when they were supposed to.
Another 9 per cent did not take the required Covid tests when they arrived in the country.
There are no routine Government follow-ups to check whether UK arrivals completed a mandatory PCR Covid test within 48 hours of arriving in the country.
They are provided by private companies, with some charging more than £100 per test.
But those coming into the UK must provide proof they purchased a test on the passenger locator forms required to get into the UK, which has caused chaos at border force in major airports.
Overall, just 77 per cent of people said they followed both isolation and Covid testing rules. Women were more likely to follow the rules than men, while those aged 18 to 34-years-old were the least compliant. And those who had not received a Covid jab were more likely to comply with requirements, compared to those who had been vaccinated
In February, 73 per cent of Brits fully backed the Covid tests for travellers arriving in the UK, but this dropped to 52.7 per cent in July – the most recent data figures are available for (graph, left). Meanwhile, 75 per cent of overseas residents arriving in the UK believed the tests were ‘very important for safety’ at the beginning of the year, which reduced to 60.6 per cent in July (graph, right)
The Office for National Statistics found compliance with the rules was lowest among those aged 18 to 34-years-old and highest among those who had not been jabbed.
It surveyed 848 adults arriving in England from amber territories between July 12 and 17.
Separate figures from the ONS revealed about half of Britons are not fully behind the strict travel testing requirements.
Just 53 per cent of UK residents returning to the country after a holiday said they thought a Covid test was ‘very important for safety’.
People who have received their full quote of Covid-19 jabs will be allowed to travel to Canada without requiring an essential reason from today
A further 34 per cent said they thought the tests were ‘quite important for safety’, while 11 per cent said the tests were not important.
Only around three in five respondents (49 per cent) said they fully understood the rules around quarantine.
The remaining 41 per cent said they had either misunderstood or were unsure of them.