Travellers, who are fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin jabs to prevent Covid-19, will be allowed entry to Canada starting November 30, the Canadian Government has said.
At present, only those travellers who have received the shots of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are allowed entry to Canada in order to prevent further spread of Covid-19. It comes as a major relief for Indians, who have taken Covaxin shot.
However, come November 30, people leaving Canada by land or by air for less than 72 hours will no longer be required to provide proof of a negative Covid test to re-enter the country.
It applies only to Canadians, permanent residents and individuals registered under the Indian Act, as well as accompanying children under 12, and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination.
Besides, starting January 15, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will be allowed to enter Canada only if they are fully vaccinated. Those groups include individuals travelling to reunite with family, international students, professional and amateur athletes, individuals with a valid work permit and other essential service workers including truck drivers.
"With more Canadians getting vaccinated every day, we can move forward cautiously towards a more open border economy and society," said Canada Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. However, he added that they could not let the guard down.
As of now, Canada has reported a total of 17,62,434 cases with 29,481 deaths, according to government data.
-PTC News with agency inputs