Canada cuts vaccine demand and random Covid testing for travel – reports

Canada, which currently has some of the toughest Covid travel restrictions in the western world, is expected to drop its vaccination requirements – and scrap random testing of arrivals.

Currently, Canada requires overseas visitors to have completed a vaccination course, with certificates uploaded to the ArriveCan app.

Additionally, international arrivals at Canada’s four largest airports – Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver – can be randomized for a Covid test. If the result is positive, the international arrival must go into a 10-day hotel quarantine at the expense of the Canadian government.

But the Toronto based one globe and mail reports that the policy will be eased on Friday, September 30.

The Journal says four sources have told it that mandatory vaccinations, random testing of arrivals and mandatory completion of the ArriveCan app will be dropped by the end of the month – although the changes, which will apply to all ports of entry, are pending by Justin Trudeaus Cabinet to be confirmed.

Reuters has also reported, citing a government source, that Canada’s federal government is likely to drop its Covid-19 vaccine requirements for people entering Canada later in the month.

Canada’s current immunization requirements are consistent with those of the United States. But the random post-arrival test introduces a level of uncertainty not typically found elsewhere.

It was launched in July 2022. In response, the International Air Transport Association said: “Canada has become an absolute freak in the way it manages Covid-19 and travel.

“As governments around the world roll back restrictions, the Canadian government is reinstating them.”

Canadian airports faced numerous cancellations and delays over the summer, which some blamed on the country’s strict Covid-19 restrictions.

Random testing can be avoided by flying direct to Halifax, Quebec City, or another smaller airport.

According to two of the sources who spoke to the globe and mail, Passengers on trains and planes in Canada are still required to wear masks. This probably applies to international flights.

In other news, Hong Kong is expected to lift its controversial Covid-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals from early October.

Currently, arrivals must be paid for three days at a hotel, followed by four days of self-check. Reuters reported that the change is due to be announced next week, more than two and a half years after the system was first introduced.

The city’s chairman, John Lee, said this week he wanted to keep the city connected to the rest of the world and allow for an “orderly opening”, but did not specify when the quarantine policy would be changed.

In line with China’s zero-Covid policy, Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world where travelers from abroad are still quarantined upon arrival.

Taiwan is also aiming to end its mandatory Covid-19 quarantine on arrivals from around October 13 and will ease other restrictions from next week, its government said on Thursday.

– Additional coverage by Reuters, Pól Ó Conghaile Canada cuts vaccine demand and random Covid testing for travel – reports

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