Canada prepares to ease quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 9, 2021

The current non-essential travel restrictions with the USA have been in place since March, 2020 and are set to expire on June 21. A pact that limits non-essential travel is due for renewal on June 21. The letter was reported first by Bloomberg News.

Right now, most people entering Canada have to endure a 14-day quarantine, and those arriving through airports are supposed to spend as much as three days in an approved hotel while they wait for test results.

The European Union is allowing travellers from a handful of countries to visit the continent this summer, and several of the bloc's members have their own rules layered on top of that about who needs a COVID-19 test before arrival.

"In our view, the vaccination campaigns in both countries have progressed to the point where it is time to revisit" the restrictions, said the group, which includes both the Canadian and USA chambers of commerce, the Business Council of Canada and the US -based National Retail Federation. Air Canada and Transat AT Inc. rose as much as 5.4 per cent and 5.7 per cent, respectively, in Tuesday trading.

The Prime Minister has been in talks with allies about the creation of an global vaccine passport, a topic that could be raised during the G7 meeting happening later this week. "We all understand that we want to get back to normal". "Tell us what the road map and the plan and the metrics are".

"The easing of restrictions will be focused on Canadians who are fully vaccinated", Trudeau said.

"President Biden formally asked for a border reopening plan immediately after taking office, and so far, Canada has been slow to make any public progress".

A new poll conducted by Nanos Research Group for Bloomberg News shows Canadians are becoming more receptive to reopening the USA border.

Tourism Saskatchewan echoed Harrison's statement, saying the lack of cross-border travel is hurting Saskatchewan outfitters.

President Joe Biden's administration has also faced increasing demands to reopen the border, from rank-and-file lawmakers like New York Democrat Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican counterpart Rep. Chris Jacobs, as well as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. We need to know what the vaccination rate should be in order to open up the borders. "I think it would be an incentive to get vaccinated", Germain said.

Separately, Politico reported late on Monday that Canada was eyeing the date of June 22 to begin loosening restrictions at the US border.

Although the measures exclude trade, the tourism sector and airlines complain they are suffering financially.

April's federal budget promised an injection of $1 billion over three years, starting this fiscal year, for the tourism and festival industry forced to close or cancel events because of public health measures.

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