Canada could begin easing border restrictions on June 22

Canada could begin easing border restrictions on June 22

Canada could begin easing border restrictions on June 22

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said citizens, permanent residents, and essential workers with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can soon cross the border without staying at a government-authorized quarantine hotel stay if they test negative at the border. After that, they'd be free to go.

Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc said Canada is working on creating a vaccine passport and noted Canada Border Services Agency staff will have temporary measures in place to help determine the vaccine status of travellers seeking to enter the country.

The government is hoping to make the changes by early July but did not set a hard date. "The general ballpark is the first week in July", Haijdu said.

"It's a big part of what our tourism industry is based on, that we would have tourists from outside of Canada and we really, really want to see that happen", said Trade and Tourism Minister Jeremy Harrison.

The federal government will officially announce these changes to its pandemic border measures later Wednesday, sources say. "Categories approved for entry will remain the same".

The U.S. only allowed for the export of Pfizer vaccines in early May. -BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc., AstraZeneca Plc-Oxford University or Johnson & Johnson.

The much-contested mandatory hotel quarantine that the Canadian government started imposing in February on all air passengers coming from global destinations will apparently be no more for certain travellers starting next month.

Comprised of infectious disease specialists and public health experts, the panel raised a series of issues with mandatory hotel quarantines, including that a number of travellers chose to pay the fine of up to $3,000 to skip the hotel stay, without presenting a legitimate quarantine alternative. If they fly in, they have to quarantine in a designated hotel until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

The federal government introduced a mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers coming to Canada by air in February.

Global arrivals have been required to quarantine since COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic back in March 2020.

"It is clearly the beginning of the end of the border shutdown", he said in a statement that also pointed to a newly revised State Department travel advisory, moving Canada from Level 4 "Do Not Travel" status to the less alarming "Reconsider".

Canadian airlines have been pushing the federal government to eliminate its quarantine restrictions, rules that Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau previously called "ineffective".

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