COVID-19.Transport Canada said the existing rules for masks will come off Oct. 1"We are able to do this because tens of millions of Canadians rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated," Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said.Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the negative attitudes of some passengers have made it hard for airlines and crews to enforce the mask mandate in recent months, and cited that as a factor in the decision.Government officials also confirmed Canada is dropping the vaccine requirement for people entering the country at the end of the month.
The Associated Press reported last week that was likely.FILE - Travelers wearing face masks wait to check-in at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 30, 2022, in Mississauga, Ontario. (Yu Ruidong/China News Service via Getty Images)Canada, like the United States, requires foreign nationals to be vaccinated when entering the country.
No change in the mandate is expected in the U.S. in the near term.Unvaccinated foreign travelers who are allowed to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory arrival tests and a 14-day quarantine.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has agreed to let a cabinet order enforcing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border expire Sept.
30.The government is also ending random COVID-19 testing at airports. Filling out information in what became an unpopular ArriveCan app will also no longer be required.