As I wrote on Saturday, the Government of Canada has now formally announced an end of all Covid related border control measures, most notably the vaccination requirement to enter the country from October 1, 2022.
The existing mask mandates on planes and trains will fall on the same day together with the ArrivaCAN mobile application plus the testing requirement for cruise ship passengers.
When I first wrote about this on Saturday, there was already a lot of inofficial chatter that a formal announcement would follow on Monday (today) and aside from the end of the vaccine entry requirement the government has also done away with the pesky masking rule on trains and planes.
The first day under the relaxed rules (none) will be on Monday October 1, 2022.
Here is the updated article of the CBC concerning the changes:
The federal government says it’s dropping all COVID-19 measures at borders on Saturday, meaning travellers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when entering Canada or wear masks on planes and trains.
As of Oct. 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:
- Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
- Provide proof of vaccination;
- Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
- Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
- Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada;
- Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail;
- Or wear masks on planes and trains.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Monday’s decision is not a sign Canada is out of the pandemic, but said the government’s data showed the importation of new variants was no longer having an effect on the evolution of the virus in country.
“That decision again was driven by the evidence that we have seen over the last few weeks and months, which is that the transmission and cost of transmission of COVID-19 on our health-care workers, hospitals and including those patients who have seen backlogs in their surgeries and treatments over the last two years and a half … are now almost entirely driven by domestic transmission of COVID-19. That’s where we need to invest our energy.”
The measures also apply to cruise ships so passengers will no longer be required to take pre-board tests, be vaccinated or use ArriveCAN. The government said guidelines will remain in place to protect passengers and crew, keeping in step with the United States.
Last week a group of MPs and border-city mayors published an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden asking them to end the “unnecessary” rules at the border, a move they say would allow border communities to recover economically from the pandemic.
That the testing is no longer required for cruise passengers is of not much consequence anymore and almost all cruises have closed their Canadian season by now or will do so within the next two weeks.
I’m positively surprised that the government also canned the mask mandate for airplanes and trains. It was initially expected that this rule would remain for the time being but today it was announced that this restriction is going to fall as well.
This was the initial announcement from two days ago:
And my article about it:
For once, there was good news out of Canada in regard to Covid measures. The country has been one of the harshest when it comes to regulations on the border and its own population over the last two years.
The Canadian government has officially confirmed the end of the last border control measures related to Covid as well as the doing away of the mask mandates on flights and trains. The ArriveCan application will be voluntary but remain in place for those who want to use it.
There is still no word of the U.S. implementing any changes regarding the vaccination requirement to enter the United States ports of entry. The Biden Administration might consider waiting with that until after the midterm elections five weeks from now.