Update: Air Canada is thanking the Canadian government for the removal of these restrictions and acknowledging that air travel is safe and that the measures were “not justified by science.”
Update: Canada’s Public Health Agency has confirmed that as of October 1st, anyone can enter Canada without using the ArriveCAN app, no testing or vaccination is required, and no quarantine will be required. Additionally masks are no longer required on flights and trains.
Originally posted on 9/20:
Canadian press is reporting that Canada plans on dropping COVID entry restrictions that have kept many people out of the country for over 2 and a half years.
Currently, entry to Canada is restricted to fully vaccinated adults. Additionally, you need to upload your proof of vaccination, passport, and other information before entering Canada via the ArriveCAN app.
I drove with my grandfather and daughter to Toronto last month to catch a Jays-Tribe ballgame and see Niagara Falls. I was able to visit with my 2 vaccines from spring 2021 and was able to bring my daughter with despite her not being vaccinated as she is under 12 years old. Several restaurants there were deserted and said that they haven’t had robust summer business since the summer of 2019 due to Canadian regulations, while others I visited in the past had closed down completely.
If nothing else, the COVID vaccine granted me access to several countries that I traveled to over the past year and a half.
But Canada is now planning on removing the vaccine requirement, the ArriveCAN app requirement, and the random testing for travelers. Airlines and local businesses have been lobbying for that to happen for quite some time.
Canada is also one of the last places that still require masks on flights to or from the country. It’s unclear if that rule will remain in place.
For now, the US still requires that foreign national adults be vaccinated to visit the country, despite President Biden declaring the pandemic to be over. When do you think that requirement will be dropped?