Canada may be able to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all countries by early September if vaccination rates and public health conditions continue to evolve positively.
This is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated yesterday (July 15) during the 33rd teleconference with provincial and territorial premiers on the response to COVID-19.
As part of this virtual meeting, the Prime Minister also reported on ongoing discussions with the United States on reopening plans.
He then indicated that Canada could begin allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to enter Canada starting in mid-August on non-essential travel.
Details early next week
Premiers of the provinces and territories expressed their support for the reopening plans. They also agreed on the importance of ensuring that initial measures are clear and predictable.
Prime Minister Trudeau has indicated that ministers will share details about these plans early next week.
Creating proof of vaccination
First Ministers discussed the importance of working collaboratively to create proof of vaccination and prioritizing work to implement a system that would allow Canadians to travel abroad with confidence.
In response to the federal government's announcements this week, ACTA President, Wendy Paradis shared that:
“ACTA is pleased that fully vaccinated Americans might be allowed into Canada later in August and fully vaccinated international visitors in September. This is in line with what ACTA has been hearing from contacts in the government."
Paradis also indicated they are very pleased with the important announcement from the Minister of Transport about the lifting of the cruise ban from Canadian waters on Nov. 1, 2021. "This sends a very clear message to cruise lines to include Canada in their 2022 itineraries and to the USA Senators who are advocating for permanent changes that would enable cruise ships to circumvent Canada", she said.
Paradis added, “All these steps are extremely important to our industry and towards the easing of blanket travel advisories for all non-essential travel and cruise travel altogether. ACTA will continue to lobby for a clear plan forward so that the industry can plan for a full re-opening."
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