The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is granting a one-time exemption to vaccinated travelers who may have been unaware of the obligation to submit their mandatory health information via ArriveCAN, according to a statement sent to Global News on Saturday.
This measure was introduced at the land border from May 2022. It only applies to travelers with no history of violations.
“Vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian lawthose entering Canada who may not have been aware of the requirement are exempted from quarantine, testing and fines once,” Rebecca Purdy, a spokeswoman for CBSA, said in an email.
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As of July 29, Purdy said that exemption has been extended to fully vaccinated foreigners entering Canada through a land port of entry.
ArriveCAN was originally launched in April 2020 as a voluntary tool designed to help Border Patrol Agents determine eligibility to enter Canada under COVID-19 requirements.
Seven months later, it became mandatory for all air travelers. In March 2021, it was extended to anyone crossing the border by land.
The app collects personally identifiable information such as name, phone number, address and vaccination status, which is then used to assist public health officials in enforcing government quarantine rules.
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Purdy said that from May 24 to August 4, 2022, of the 5,086,187 eligible land border travelers, the one-time exemption was claimed 308,800 times.
“Following this one-time exemption, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents and those under the Indian law Those who fail to submit their information through ArriveCAN will be quarantined and tested and may also face fines,” Purdy said.
Regarding foreigners who do not submit their information to ArriveCAN after their one-time exemption, Purdy said they will not be allowed to enter Canada.
— With files by Brian Hill
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