Update: Canada will require proof of full vaccination from all domestic travelers ages 12 and up, effective October 30th. There will be a grace period from October 30th-November 30th if you have a negative PCR test from within the past 72 hours.
With the US following Canada’s lead by requiring foreign visitors to be vaccinated starting next month, will the US also copy Canada’s requirement for domestic travelers to be vaccinated?
Originally posted on 8/13:
Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced today that all commercial air travelers, inter-provincial train passengers, and cruise ship passengers in Canada will need to be vaccinated. The mandate will go into effect no later than October and potentially earlier. It’s unclear if kids will be exempted, though I’d assume they will be if they’re traveling with vaccinated adults and there is no vaccinate approved for their age.
While many countries require proof of vaccination for foreigners to enter, I haven’t seen any other countries require vaccination in order for their own citizens to travel.
Canada currently requires that Americans 12 and older be vaccinated in order to visit the country, but their own citizens do not currently need to be vaccinated.
The AP reports that while the Biden administration has talked about a vaccine mandate for interstate travel in the US, that isn’t under consideration at the moment. Of course in the US things are more complicated as there is no federal database of vaccinations. It’s also unlikely that many states would willingly hand over their vaccination data to the federal government for the purpose of a nationwide database of fly or no-fly lists.
What do you think of Canada’s new rule and do you think the US will try to emulate the policy?