The federal government hopes to remove the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement for travellers entering Canada in early July for fully vaccinated individuals, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said during a COVID-19 update on Wednesday.

Hajdu quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said the federal government will take a "phased approach" toward loosening border measures in Canada. She said amending the hotel stay rule is considered the "first step." 

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Air travellers would have to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their arrival in Canada.

The travellers will still be required to have a negative pre-departure COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result. They will also have to be tested upon arrival with their own quarantine plan in place to wait for the result. 

"We'll be watching carefully here in Canada and around the world as cases change and as vaccination rates rise," said Hajdu.

"These metrics are very important factors as we move towards implementing the changes on the border that we hope to have in place in early July."