Canada prepares to ease quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks between buildings in the Parliamentary precinct in Ottawa on Friday

Anyone coming to Canada would need to be fully vaccinated before arriving, Trudeau said during an afternoon event, because the country can't risk another wave of COVID-19.

Right now, most people entering Canada have to endure a 14-day quarantine, and those arriving through airports are supposed to spend as much as three days in an approved hotel while they wait for test results.

Trudeau's government has signaled it could start easing COVID-19 restrictions at the Canada-U.S. frontier on June 22 if the country's vaccination campaign stays on its current trajectory, the mayors of Canadian border cities were cited as saying by Politico. "It would help facilitate a safe and gradual return to a more normal life".

Several Canadian and US business associations issued a fresh call today for just such a plan, as did the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. "That's why we continue to encourage people to get double vaccinated to make sure we can end with this as quickly as possible".

Trudeau adds that when borders do start to reopen, Canada will likely be an attractive destination for tourists given our high vaccination rate.

The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind U.S travellers planning trips to Canada that travel restrictions are still in place.

"There is a lack of urgency on the Canadian side for planning for the inevitable reopening of the border, which has been out of step with USA officials and the Biden administration", president and CEO Beth Potter said in a statement.

Some travel and tourism businesses say it's urgent.

"We need to have goals in order to open up the border".

Diodati said the best way to achieve easing border restrictions is for the US and Canada to work together on the matter and provide transparency.

This weekend, I called for answers and said I would be pursuing all legislative angles to get them.

Most non-essential travel across the land border has been restricted since March 2020, when measures were first brought in to slow the spread of COVID-19. An extension of the measures for another month would be a huge blow for the tourism sector, restricting movement for the July 1 national holiday in Canada and the July 4 weekend in the U.S. Trade data released by Statistics Canada on Tuesday show spending by foreign travelers to Canada fell to $889 million in April, near the decade-low levels seen earlier in the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged how eager Canadians are to travel once again.



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