March 2, 2022
Before entering Canada, unvaccinated Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion will be required to have a COVID-19 test, submit a 14-day quarantine plan, and must undergo testing on arrival, the Western Standard has learned.
If the refugees cannot find a suitable quarantine location, they will be escorted to a designated federal government facility.
“Unvaccinated travelers — even if asymptomatic — who do not have a suitable quarantine plan may also be directed to a designated quarantine facility, upon the direction of a quarantine officer,” says the government of Canada.
More than 60% of Ukrainians are unvaccinated out of the population of over 44 million.
Only 34.4% of Ukrainians are fully vaccinated, 1.7% received a third dose and 1% have one dose, according to Our World in Data.
The Office of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada confirmed to the Western Standard that the travel restrictions remain in place for Ukrainian refugees.
“Ukrainian nationals are facing a humanitarian crisis brought on by the unprovoked attacks by Russia,” said Aiden Strickland, press secretary to the minister of immigration.
“Canada has waived the vaccination requirement for eligible Ukrainian nationals who are escaping the conflict to come to Canada.”