Travel restrictions in Canada are expected to be lifted by end of this this month, making it easier to travel abroad and across the Canada-US border. We may also see the removal of mandatory use of ArriveCAN app.
According to major Canadian news providers, CBC News, CTV News, and Global News, the federal government is planning to eliminate various travel restrictions, including remaining COVID-19 vaccination obligations, random testing, and the required use of ArriveCAN.
According to September 20 reports, Justin Trudeau must still “finalise” the plan, but the revisions are likely to take effect on September 30.
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As of Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada maintained that no formal decisions had been taken, despite rumours that Ottawa was in the midst of finalising plans.
The news of an anticipated update came on the same day that a number of Canadian and American border mayors, members of parliament, and members of Congress wrote an open letter to President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau, encouraging them to remove “unnecessary constraints” at the land border.
It is unclear if officials in the United States would likewise lift their travel restrictions on September 30, as Canada is set to do.
Over the summer, Canada became one of the few nations in the world to tighten border controls, with the Public Health Agency of Canada claiming that the steps “lower the risk of the importation and transmission of COVID-19 and novel variations in Canada due to foreign travel.”
In late June, the federal government announced that existing border restrictions, such as requiring confirmation of vaccination to enter the country, would be maintained until at least September 30.
According to recent developments, the federal government may simply decide not to extend these restrictions any further.