Canadian government is dropping all COVID-19 restrictions for travellers from October 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains!
This move was announced on Monday, September,19, was long awaited change many Canadians and Canadian businesses were waiting for. This new decision is likely to boost the Canadian travel industry, already booming after months of lull during the pandemic.
Boost in travel industry, many believe will increase other industries as well, slowing down or entirely stopping growing path to recession.
As of Oct. 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:
- Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
- Provide proof of vaccination;
- Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
- Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
- Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada;
- Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail;
- Or wear masks on planes and trains.
Vaccine mandates for travellers entering the US remain in place, and some American lawmakers have urged President Joe Biden to drop remaining restrictions.
Other countries, including the United Kingdom, dropped Covid entry requirements earlier this year.
Canada now joins a list of 85 countries and territories without Covid-19 entry requirements, following similar moves by Japan last month, as well as Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Chile.
Week after Federal Government of Canada made the decision to scrap travel restrictions, a group of Canadian retailers and retail groups are calling on the federal government to implement a Visitor Tax Refund (VTR) program, in an effort to help stimulate economic recovery in this country.
This is believed to encourage more travellers to visit Canada.