Canadian Disney and Universal fans can now rejoice as certain travel restrictions are finally being lifted after more than a year of border closures!
For quite some time, Canada and America have closed their land borders, and although flights are available, it is highly advised that it is for essential travel only. Upon returning to Canada, citizens currently have to present a negative COVID-19 test before departing America and after landing in Canada, along with a mandatory hotel quarantine on the traveler’s dime until the second test results are revealed.
It has been confirmed that as of July 5, vaccinated Canadians will have a much easier time traveling to and from the United States! The rule applies to permanent residents, certain foreign nationals, and Canadian citizens, and will allow for Guests to forgo their quarantine if they meet the outlined requirements. However, this means that a non-resident, even if fully vaccinated, will still have to quarantine.
Canadians must still provide a quarantine plan to the ArriveCAN app and take a COVID-19 test before flying home as a precaution, along with proof of full vaccination records. CTV Canada noted:
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travellers will have had to have received a full series of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines that have been authorized by Health Canada — Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Johnson & Johnson — at least 14 days prior to entering the country.
The Canadian Government is still advising that travel should remain essential; however, as quarantine measures are lifted, this will give many Canadians a choice to travel again if they are fully vaccinated. Considering all residents previously had to quarantine upon arrival, travel was impossible for many as taking two weeks off work on top of a vacation is a lot to ask. With these new changes, more Canadians will have the option to travel this summer if fully vaccinated.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said, “It is the traveler’s responsibility to plan, to understand their obligations, and to ensure that they are eligible. They should do this before heading to the border.” All Canadians planning to travel should ensure that they have all the proof and quarantine plans needed before leaving the country to ensure that their return is as smooth as possible.
With Disney World celebrating their 50th anniversary, Halloween Horror Nights returning to Universal, and Avengers Campus opening in Disneyland, the temptation to return to the magic and adventure after not being able to travel for so long will likely be strong for many, so it will be interesting to see how these new measures work once they are in use.
If you are a Canadian, do you plan on traveling to Disney World, Disneyland, or Universal this year? Let us know in the comments below!