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Canada intends to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on international travelers from October 1, 2022, including mask requirements on trains and flights, and vaccinations. According to reports, the move is likely to give a boost to the Canadian travel industry, which has already begun to thrive after months of lull during the pandemic.
Canadian carriers have also pushed for the removal of mandatory masks on flights. citing multiple instances of non-compliance this year alone.
With recent developments, Canada's second-largest carrier, WestJet Airlines, has added that it will further accelerate the recovery of the travel industry and the Canadian economy.
Referring to recent developments, the Government of Canada added that the decision to lift restrictions was based on Canada's vaccination rate, the availability of treatment and new vaccines, and data that shows the country has passed the peak of the latest wave of COVID infections.
< p class="MsoNormal">In terms of vaccination, more than 90% of Canadians over 12 years of age have already been vaccinated. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos added that they have been able to take the last steps as the country's citizens have been vaccinated and they have now reached the point where they can safely lift the sanitary measures at the border.
Duclos, however, he added that the government is ready to reintroduce restrictions if needed.
The messages also add that from October 1, 2022, travelers, regardless of nationality, will no longer need to provide medical information through the ArriveCAN app or provide proof of vaccination. In addition, the requirement for travelers to wear masks on trains and planes will be lifted.