Feds clarify new entry requirements for truckers entering Canada
January 14, 2022 By Greenhouse Canada
The federal government has clarified that truck drivers are not exempt from the new entry requirements surrounding COVID-19.
They acknowledge that their team had shared incorrect information with members of the media earlier this week. The erroneous information stated that partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers were exempt from quarantine requirements.
Last night, Minister of Transport Jean-Yves Duclos and Minister of Public Safety Omar Alghabra issued a statement clarifying this.
“On November 19, 2021, we announced that as of January 15, 2022, certain categories of travellers who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada.
These groups include several essential service providers, including truck drivers. Let us be clear: This has not changed.”
Beginning this Saturday, Jan. 15, “unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign national truck drivers, coming to Canada from the US by land, will be directed back to the United States.”
To qualify as fully vaccinated, travellers must have received at least two doses of an accepted vaccine. Vaccines accepted for travel into Canada include AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm BIBP, and Sinovac. Also accepted is one dose of the Johnson & Johnson. Individuals must have received their second dose at least 14 full days prior to entry.
The statement also notes that Canadian truck drivers who are citizens, registered under the Indian Act or permanent residents cannot be denied entry back into the country. As such, “unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day 8 testing, as well as quarantine requirements.”
“Any individual who is symptomatic upon arrival to Canada will be directed to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) official and will be directed to isolate for 10 days from the time symptoms first occurred.”
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada
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