Amidst the global pandemic, Canada introduced travel restrictions that have subsisted for a while now. But it seems we could see some light at the end of the tunnel this year!
“Canada will be able to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all countries by early September if the current positive path of vaccination rate and public health conditions continue.”, said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
The office is saying the Canada-US Border could start opening to fully vaccinated travellers in-mid August and by early September for all other countries.
The Canadian government has barred many travellers, including tourists, from entering the country since March 2020. Trudeau’s insistence on maintaining travel restrictions along the U.S.-Canada border has resulted in criticism from business leaders and U.S. lawmakers, but it has support among Canadians, according to recent surveys.
Canada’s phased border reopening began on July 5 when fully vaccinated Canadians and other exempt travellers were allowed to forego the full 14-day mandatory quarantine. Exempt travellers include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, family members, new immigrants, workers, and international students.
However, non-essential travellers are still barred from entry. Business leaders in hard-hit sectors, such as tourism, have been pressuring the government for a plan to safely reopen the border.
More details on border reopening measures are expected to be released “early next week,” the readout says. Canada’s current border restrictions are in effect until Wednesday, July 21. The government will have to make a decision on any new measures by then.
Stay tuned for more updates!