Canada to end travel requirements for Covid vaccine from October 1
The Canadian government is dropping its COVID-19 border measures for all travelers starting Oct. 1, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Monday. Foreign travelers will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or testing upon arrival. Quarantine policies for arriving travelers will also be removed. “We are able to do this because tens of millions of Canadians have rolled up their sleeves and gotten vaccinated,” said Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.
Over 90% of Canadians over the age of 12 have been vaccinated. Mask mandates will be lifted on trains and planes. The government would also no longer require passengers to undergo pre-boarding tests for cruise ships.
The health minister said the government was ready to reinstate restrictions if necessary. “Obviously we have no hope of reintroducing some of these measures, but if we are going to protect the safety of Canadians, we have to. The country has passed the peak of omicron infections, and the aviation and travel industries have pushed the government to relax the rules.
Most European countries, including Germany, dropped coronavirus entry requirements before the start of the summer travel season.
The United States still requires foreign nationals to be vaccinated upon entering the country. No mandate changes were planned in the United States in the short term.
Earlier this year, cross-border truckers staged a “freedom convoy” against Canada’s vaccination mandates. Horn-screaming protesters have targeted Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and other parts of the country, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoking emergency powers to quell protests.