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Monday, February 26, 2024

Restrictions on entering Canada have been extended until at least September 30

Extended entry restrictions into Canada till at least September 30

Key Takeaways:

  • According to the Canadian government, all present border restrictions will remain in place at least through the end of September.
  • On June 11, Ottawa imposed a moratorium on measures to reduce airport clogs and delays driven by rising travel demand and staff shortages.

The Canadian government declared on Wednesday that all current border restrictions would be in effect at least through the end of September.

Consequently, non-immunized Canadians or permanent residents will need to provide a molecular COVID-19 test obtained before entry and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Foreign travelers will still need to provide proof of receiving all necessary vaccinations to enter the country.

No matter their citizenship, the government still requires all travelers to upload their travel documentation and vaccination records to the ArriveCan app.

The last time the limitations were raised was on May 31.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced a lengthy suspension of random testing at all airports for those who have received all recommended vaccinations until mid-July.

On June 11, Ottawa put a moratorium on lessening airport congestion and holdups brought on by increased travel demand and personnel shortages.

They intend to relocate COVID-19 testing for airline passengers to “selected test provider stores,” like pharmacies or by virtual appointment, outside airports.

According to the PHAC release, “moving testing outside of airports will allow Canada to accommodate to higher traveler volumes while still being able to monitor and promptly respond to novel variations of concern, or changes to the epidemiological situation.”

Extended entry restrictions into Canada till at least September 30
Extended entry restrictions into Canada till at least September 30. Image from The New York Times

On June 11, the government said that starting on June 20, it will no longer need vaccinations for all internal and outbound foreign travelers.

Numerous business groups and opposition MPs have long urged the government to abandon several border policies, particularly redundant procedures that slow down travel since they might suffocate Canada’s already struggling tourism industry.

Canada’s health and tourism ministers have responded by reiterating that even if the epidemiological situation in their country has improved, the pandemic persists.

“As we enter the second stage of our COVID-19 response, it’s crucial to remember that the epidemic is still ongoing. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said on Wednesday that “we must continue to do everything that we can to keep ourselves as well as others safe from the virus.”

He continued by saying that Canada’s border controls are still “flexible” and “informed by research and caution.”

Source: Global News

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