Travelling with kids under 12? What to know about the latest COVID-19 rules

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Canadians hoping to travel internationally for the holidays have a lot to celebrate.

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A White House official told Granthshala News on Friday that fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel to the US by land or sea for non-essential travel from November 8. Later in the day, news broke that Canadians with mixed vaccines would also be able to cross the border.

and canada picked up Its quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers entering the country by land and air in July.

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But there is a large group of vaccinated adults who may still have to defer any plans for cross-border holiday trips: those with children under the age of 12 who may not yet receive a coronavirus vaccine.

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While international travel with young children is possible, it remains risky and more complicated. Here’s what to know.

Children under the age of 12 who are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent, stepparent, guardian or tutor do not need to be quarantined upon re-entering Canada, but they may immediately You will not be able to go back to your routine. This is because they will not be allowed to attend school, daycare or camp for 14 days after their return guidelines Posted on the Government of Canada website.

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Children may also have to postpone seeing their grandparents for a while. Unvaccinated children returning from foreign travel should avoid contact with people 65 years of age or older, as well as those who have a compromised immune system or underlying medical condition that makes them more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 Is.

Families should also ensure that children are not traveling in crowded public transportation or participating in crowded settings such as amusement parks or sporting events.

Even so, the kids won’t be locked in the house for two full weeks. They are still allowed to go to the park, go for a walk, or go to the grocery store or pharmacy with their parents, provided they avoid crowds, wear a mask at all times, and maintain physical distance.

There are also testing requirements. For unvaccinated children five years of age and older, families must provide negative COVID-19 results from tests performed immediately before admission, upon arrival, and eight days after return. For adults, this should be a molecular and not a rapid antigen test.

Children under the age of five are exempt from the test requirement, but parents must still include them as passengers in their submissions arrivacan app, which enables passengers to upload their travel details, test results and quarantine plan, if applicable. The use of the app has become mandatory for anyone entering Canada by air, land or seaplane.

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In addition to federal directives, parents should check with any additional public health requirements in their local jurisdiction.

Children under the age of 12 must travel with unvaccinated adults upon entry into Canada.

Beginning November 8, children under the age of 12 will also be allowed into the US, provided they are traveling with someone who meets US vaccination requirements.

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Canadians who have received two shots of Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines will be able to enter, US officials said, adding that the US will not be able to mix any FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines. Will accept international travelers vaccinated with doses, including Moderna. Vaccines from Pfizer or AstraZeneca.

There will be no need for a COVID-19 test for vaccinated visitors to enter the US by land or sea. However, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three calendar days of travel is still required for all passengers, except children under the age of two, to fly to the US.

Regardless of entry requirements, traveling abroad with children who have not been vaccinated remains “risky” even if the parents have received two of their shots, according to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Associate Professor Anna Banerjee says

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“There’s a risk of getting (unvaccinated children) sick or potentially spreading it,” she says.

She says the risk varies depending on your destination, the local rate of COVID-19 cases and vaccinations, as well as public health measures. Some US states, she notes, still have three times the average number of cases per population than Canada.

“In In many parts of the states, COVID is not under control,” she says.

Even if you’re flying to a destination with low rates of COVID-19 and strict rules to prevent infection, you’ll still be in a plane for hours, potentially with people from all over the world, cautions Banerjee .

The safer option is to wait until even young children get their full dose of vaccine, she says.

Earlier this month, Pfizer was the first vaccine maker to ask the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11 years.

Pfizer has submitted its initial trial data to Health Canada and plans to submit them formally by mid-October, a spokesperson previously told Granthshala News. As of Friday, Pfizer had not given its statement to the regulator.

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