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Is Canada's hotel quarantine mandatory if you've gotten both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine?

Last Updated Apr 13, 2021 at 9:53 am PDT

The airport hotel is shown as people walk outside with their luggage at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The Canadian government might make it mandatory that all international travellers arriving in Canada must quarantine at the airport isolation hotel while waiting for the COVID-19 test results. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Summary

Travellers to Canada still required to quarantine in hotel even if they've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Canadians continue to be asked to avoid all non-essential travel at this time

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Two of our listeners — Sue and Kawal — want to know if you still need to quarantine in a hotel after travelling internationally, even if you have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Answer:

While you may be hoping to skip the hotel quarantine after getting both doses, the answer — at least at the moment — is yes, you do still need to spend up to three days in a government-designated hotel while you await the results of your COVID-19 test.

“If you have received the #Covid19 vaccine and are flying back to Canada: The mandatory hotel quarantine requirement still applies,” the federal government confirms in a tweet from March.

Canadians continue to be asked to avoid all non-essential travel at this time.

In general, those who have received a COVID-19 shot are still expected to abide by most rules and restrictions, including mask wearing and physical distancing.

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But of course, things can change in months ahead, as the number of people vaccinated against the virus grows.

In the U.S., the CDC updated its guidance in April, giving the green light to fully vaccinated Americans to travel domestically — with no quarantine requirement.

However, 15 per cent of Americans had received both shots of a COVID vaccine when that update was made. Only about two per cent of Canadians had been given two doses at that time.

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