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Today the Canadian government announced that it will officially end all of its remaining border rules, its mask requirements and use of the ArriveCan system. By doing so, travelers will be able to enter Canada the same way they could before the pandemic, which is a huge victory for travelers and the country’s beleaguered travel industry that has been fighting for change for decades. month. This decision ends weeks of confusion and rumors and could finally close the Covid-19 chapter in the country.
Throughout the pandemic, Canada has boasted some of the strictest Covid-19-related entry requirements in the world – requirements that have lasted until now, although many countries have had them for a long time. repealed. Here’s an overview of everything travelers need to know about this momentous change, including what exactly is being removed, when the changes will take effect, and what the reason for the update is.
Canada ends pandemic travel restrictions – Information for travelers
For travelers leaving or entering Canada, the past few weeks have been confusing to say the least. With the mandate for the vaccine and use of ArriveCan due to end at the end of this month, the Public Health Agency of Canada said no decision had been made on the order, dashing hopes millions of travellers. Today, however, the Government of Canada made a decisive statement – all Covid-19 border and travel measures are on the way out – including testing, quarantine and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada.
The good news for travelers is that they won’t have to wait long to reap the benefits. Effective October 1, 2022all travellers, whatever their nationality, not anymore be required to:
- Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
- Provide proof of vaccination
- Undergo testing before arrival or upon arrival
- Carry out quarantine or isolation related to Covid-19
- Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival in Canada.
Transport Canada is also making changes that will come into effect on October 1. From this date, travelers will no longer be required to undergo health checks for both air and train travel, and they will not be necessary wear masks on planes or trains. The government does, however, strongly recommended that travelers “wear high-quality, well-fitting masks during their travels”, but again, they will not be required to do so.
As well as air and rail travel seeing restrictions lifted, this is also good news for cruise passengers. Cruise passengers will no longer be required to take Covid-19 tests prior to boarding, or be vaccinated to sail or use the ArriveCAN app or website. Removing these restrictions will make cruise travel stress-free and pain-free, as it should be. Along with changes to rail and air travel, travel to, from and around Canada should become a breeze again, without the risks it currently entails – and just in time for Christmas.
One of the toughest countries in the world on Covid-19, the Canadian government says the upcoming changes have been made possible thanks to a range of different factors. These include data modeling that indicates Canada is well past the peak of variant waves, high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, and the availability and use booster shots and vaccine testing.
Speaking of the changes, Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said:
“Canada’s travel measures have succeeded in mitigating the full impact of Covid-19 for travelers and transport workers, and have helped keep communities safe. Thanks to the Canadians who rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated, we are able to take this big step towards easing measures and getting back to normal.
The changes come into effect from October 1. Travelers who entered Canada within 14 days of this date will not be required to complete the rest of their quarantine, isolation or testing requirements. The Canadian government has also pointed out that using CBSA Advance Declaration in ArriveCAN can reduce the time a traveler spends at a kiosk by around a third – although this may be a tough sell to passengers in a post Covid-19 world.
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This article originally appeared on Travel Off Path. For the latest breaking news that will affect your upcoming trip, please visit: Traveloffpath.com
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