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Canada's phased border reopening to begin July 5. Foreigners will still have to wait.

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21.06.2021

OTTAWA — Canada laid out details Monday of looser border restrictions starting July 5 for fully vaccinated citizens, residents and other eligible individuals.

But the Trudeau government still has no timeline for when it will crack open its door to nonessential foreign travelers.

"I understand the frustration of people who want certainty around what will happen next," Health Minister Patty Hajdu told a press conference Monday during which government officials were pressed repeatedly for specific targets. "Of course, the virus has thrown us a number of curve balls over the last year and a half."

Hajdu did provide one milestone the country hopes to achieve — full vaccination of at least 75 percent of Canada's population. She added that Canada is closely watching domestic rates of hospitalization, Covid-19 case counts and the virus' evolution internationally.

The changes announced Monday mark the first phase of Canada’s easing of public-health measures at its frontier.

The steps come a few days after Ottawa announced that both countries agreed to keep the crossings closed to nonessential international travelers until at least July 21.

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