Canada is refusing entry to travellers vaccinated with Sinopharm

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Canada is refusing entry to travellers vaccinated with Sinopharm

If you have been vaccinated and intend to travel once borders open, please take note, as the brand of vaccine you have received may prohibit your entry into certain terrotories.

One such country is Canada, who has released a list of vaccines approved for entry. The Sinopharm, which is currently being used in T&T, is not on that list.

According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, the approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. 

However, the list of vaccines not approved under the fully-vaccinated policy are Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C), Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV), Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-COVID-Vac), Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV), Sinopharm-Wuhan, Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc), Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona) and any other.

Canadian authorities have indicated that those fully vaccinated with recognised doses will not be subject to quarantine or PCR testing on the eighth day after arrival.

The new policy takes effect from July 6th.

In an interview with GML, Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Minister, Dr Amery Browne said “All countries have the sovereign right and responsibility to determine how they manage visitors during the pandemic. Such protocols are subject to update and review over time and indeed, the Canadian authorities have indicated that their list of exempted vaccines may expand over time. In the interim, a limited quarantine period with testing would continue to apply for some prospective travellers.”