Tourism anticipating simplified travel rules to rebuild the sector once again

Published on : Wednesday, February 16, 2022

At the end of February, travel restrictions will be simplified for fully vaccinated people coming to Canada. This move is causing some renewed optimism in the tourism and travel industry that’s struggling massively, along with expectation of even more changes that might be on the way.

Fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to get a PCR test to enter Canada, from Feb. 28th. As an alternative, they can select a rapid antigen test. This test which must be authorized by the country where it’s purchased, and administered by a lab, healthcare entity or telehealth service, not more than 24 hours before a flight or arrival at a land border.

As some travellers may be selected at random to receive a PCR test, there won’t be any quarantine rule while waiting for results.

Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal health minister, made this declaration on this Tuesday, and mentioned that the move is a response to this stage of the pandemic.

“These changes are possible, not only because we have passed the peak of Omicron, but because Canadians across the country have listened to the science and to experts, followed the public health measures, and taken steps to protect themselves, their families, and their communities,” he said, and mentioned the new measures are temporary, and will be reassessed in the coming weeks. “It’s important to know that if the epidemiological situation continues to improve, if hospitalizations continue to diminish, and if Canadians continue to get their booster shots, further easing of travel restrictions could be considered.”

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