The move will likely boost Canada’s tourism industry, which has boomed after months of lull during the pandemic.
The government says Canada will lift all COVID-19 restrictions on travelers from October 1, including vaccination and mask-wearing requirements for flights and trains.
The move, announced Monday, is likely to boost Canada’s tourism industry, which has boomed after months of lull during the pandemic.
Canadian carriers have also urged an end to the obfuscation of regulations on flights, citing thousands of incidents of non-compliance this year alone.
“As Canadians and international visitors seek to make travel plans, the removal of all long-awaited remaining measures effective October 1, 2022 will further promote recovery for our industry and the Canadian economy,” Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet Airlines, said in a statement.
The government said the decision to end the restrictions was based on Canada’s vaccination rates, the availability of newer vaccines and treatments and data showing the country has passed its peak. the latest wave of coronavirus infections, the government said.
More than 90 percent of Canadians over the age of 12 have received the main series COVID-19 vaccine. This month, Canada authorized Moderna Inc to give two doses of COVID-19 to adults, the country’s first Omicron-adapted vaccine.
“Thanks largely to Canadians who rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we have reached the point where we can safely lift hygiene measures at the border,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. whole.
Duclos said the government was ready to reinstate restrictions if needed.
“Obviously we have no hope of reintroducing some of these measures, but if we need to protect the safety of Canadians, we will,” he told reporters in Ottawa.
Travelers, regardless of nationality, will not have to submit health information through the ArriveCAN app or provide proof of vaccinations as of Saturday.
The requirement for travelers to wear masks on planes and trains will also be abolished. Passengers and crew will also no longer be subject to COVID-19 testing or vaccine requirements.