Fully vaccinated travellers still need to submit a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country, be asymptomatic and have a “suitable quarantine plan ... in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements,” the government's website says.
Travellers must upload their pre-arrival test and vaccination status to the ArriveCAN app, and carry digital or paper proof of their vaccination status to show border agents.
Falsifying vaccination documents can result in a $750,000 fine, up to six months in jail, or both.
Canadians with no or partial protection still must quarantine when they return to Canada.
“The other part of it though of course is that foreign nationals don’t have passage into Canada, and a lot of these Canadian companies, which have operations in U.S. states and Mexican states, if the specialist that has to travel…there is no path for American nationals to come up and do that,” Volpe said. “So, it hasn’t been solved for us completely, yet.”
That, and the subjective definition of “essential work” is why the Canadian Association of Moldmakers on June 23 issued its Cross-border Tips for Manufacturing Sector Employees During COVID-19.
The association has provided its members detailed guidance on what to tell border agents on both sides of the border. It even offers step-by-step instructions on how to return to Canada and offers template letters that companies can use, simply by filling in the blanks.
“All business travellers want their border crossing to go smoothly and with fewer delays. The best way to ensure this happens is to know what to expect and be prepared,” CAMM said in a statement.
The document also includes a section for U.S. business travellers to Canada.
The document reads, in part:
“You must have a compelling reason to be entering Canada for work. (i.e. emergency and essential services that are imminent, work that must be completed in person, immediately by a specialized technician required to maintain critical equipment that has suddenly and without notice, become inoperable [broken-down, etc.], the equipment has proprietary elements that only the original equipment manufacturer has specialized knowledge for maintenance and repair; this also complies with the specific maintenance/repair/overhaul/installation outlined in the warranty and service agreement.”
CAMM said the document will be updated according to any new rules and government guidelines.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said potential loosening of further restrictions could depend on COVID-19 case counts and the prevalence of variants of concern in Canada and elsewhere.
With files from The Canadian Press.