Travelers who are fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin vaccines will be allowed to enter Canada from November 30, according to the Canadian government.
Canada currently only accepts those who have received the vaccine, including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson.
Also effective November 30, people leaving Canada by land or air for less than 72 hours will no longer be required to provide proof of a negative molecular test to re-enter the country, Xinhua News Agency reported.
This change applies only to Canadians, permanent residents and individuals registered under the Indian Act, as well as accompanying children under 12 years of age and those with a medical contraindication to vaccination.
In addition, as of January 15, certain groups of travelers who are currently exempted from entry requirements will only be able to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated.
These groups include people traveling for family reunification, international students, professional and recreational athletes, those with valid work permits, and other important service people, including truck drivers.
“As more Canadians are vaccinated every day, we can cautiously move forward towards a more open border economy and society,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
“At the same time, we cannot relax our guard.”
To date, according to the Government of Canada, the country has registered a total of 1,762,434 cases of the disease, of which 29,481 have died.