Canada lifts all Covid travel restrictions from October 1st

Traveling to Canada will be much easier.

From October 1, the country will lift all coronavirus entry and travel restrictions.

This means visitors are no longer required to provide proof of vaccinations, get tested, submit health information through an official online site, report symptoms, isolate or quarantine, or wear a mask on planes or trains.

Rules for cruise travelers will also be lifted, meaning passengers will no longer need to take a negative test before boarding a ship, get vaccinated or use the online public health reporting system.

Health officials said several factors led to the end of pandemic-era rules, including high vaccination rates; low hospitalization and death rates; new vaccine boosters; and models indicating that the country has passed the peak of infections by subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.

“From the outset, our government has taken the necessary steps to protect Canadians in the face of a global pandemic,” Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a statement. “Covid-19 border measures were always intended to be temporary and we are making adjustments based on the current situation because Canadians expect it.”

The country stopped requiring vaccinated travelers to show proof of a negative test in April but has retained the vaccination mandate. Visitors could still be selected for testing upon arrival.

Canada follows countries around the world that have ended border restrictions. In Europe, for example, destinations like France, Italy, the UK, Portugal and Germany lifted entry requirements earlier this year.

The United States still requires international tourists to be vaccinated.

Canada had a record year for international tourism in 2019, with around 22 million visitors. That number dropped to 3.1 million last year when borders were closed until late summer.

Officials continue to advise travelers to wear quality masks and refrain from traveling if they have coronavirus symptoms.

People arriving in Canada sick should tell someone such as a flight attendant, cruise line employee or border agent, the government said. They could “be referred to a quarantine officer who will decide if the traveler requires further medical evaluation,” the official statement said.

Under previous quarantine rules, border guards and public health officials can “examine people and advise them on the right course of action” if they are infected with the coronavirus or other diseases.

“If people enter Canada and find out they have been infected with Covid-19, they must follow local public health measures,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said at a news conference on Monday.

©Washington Post Canada lifts all Covid travel restrictions from October 1st

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