Canada opens its borders to travelers vaccinated against COVID-19, but Cubans are excluded

Canada opened its borders this Tuesday for travelers of any nationality, without the need to do the 14-day quarantine that they had stipulated so far, but with the condition that they have a complete vaccination scheme before entering the country.

The decision takes into account only those immunized with the vaccines recognized by the health authorities, which excludes, in fact, Cuban travelers.

To enter Canadian territory, travelers must submit their information electronically through the #ArriveCAN application or website up to 72 hours before traveling, a condition that will be verified by the airlines. Vaccination documents must be in English or French, although a certified translation is also acceptable.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested at the airport, but can be randomly selected to complete a COVID-19 molecular test. It is still required to carry a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before travel, or a positive COVID-19 result from 14 to 180 days before arrival. Antigen tests will not be considered valid, only PCRs.

To be considered fully vaccinated, the traveler must have received the complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of vaccines, accepted by the government of Canada at least 14 days before entering the country. The vaccines recognized by the Canadian authorities are only Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 traveling with fully vaccinated parents and / or guardians no longer have to complete a 14-day quarantine, but should avoid group settings for the first 14 days after arrival.

Travelers coming directly from India or Morocco do not qualify for these new opening conditions until the end of September, due to the increase in cases in both countries. In order to enter Canada as an Indian or Moroccan citizen, you must travel from a third country and have a negative test taken in that territory.

In the case of Cubans, only those who have the vaccines recognized by the government of Canada may enter. Cubans on the island have the same case with Europe, which only allows fully vaccinated travelers to enter with the same vaccines recognized by Canada, and also the Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac.

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