Keep On Trucking Outside of Canada
Canadian Ministers Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Omar Alghabra, and Marco Mendicino issued the following statement on January 13, 2022.
"...as of January 15, 2022, certain categories of travelers who are currently exempt from entry requirements will only be allowed to enter Canada 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.
A Canadian truck driver who is not fully vaccinated can't be denied entry into Canada.
However, starting January 15, unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet requirements for pre-entry, arrival, and Day 8 testing, as well as quarantine requirements.
The final decision regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry, based on the information presented to them at the time.
And as of January 15, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign national truck drivers coming to Canada from the U.S. by land will be directed back to the United States.
To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler and to enter Canada, foreign national truck drivers must:
- have received at least two doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of two accepted vaccines,
- or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine,
- have received their second dose at least 14 full days before entering Canada.
Furthermore, any symptomatic individual upon arrival to Canada will be directed to a Public Health Agency of Canada official and will be directed to isolate for ten days from the time symptoms first occurred.
"The Government of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians. As vaccination levels, case counts, and hospitalization rates evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to consider further targeted measures at the borders—and when to lift or adjust them—to keep Canadians safe," stated these Canadian Ministers.
Previously, the U.S. CDC issued a Level 4 Advisory saying 'avoid traveling to Canada.'