Canada is considering easing COVID restrictions for ALL fully vaccinated travelers at the US border on June 22
Canada is considering lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions on fully vaccinated U.S. tourists on June 22, as world leaders prepare to discuss a global reopening plan at the G7 summit.
Officials have said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has talked about easing the 14-day quarantine requirement for U.S. travelers who have received two vaccines, but they could still be subjected to testing for COVID-19 and shorter quarantine periods.
The plan is expected to be announced in a few days, Bloomberg reported, with transportation officials saying: Politics Canadian Public Safety Secretary Bill Blair is considering naming June 22 as the day when restrictions can be lifted.
The border between the United States and Canada has been closed since March 2020
Officials said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (pictured) has spoken of reopening the border by June 22 and lifting the quarantine requirement for vaccinated Americans
“He didn’t set it in stone, but he suggested this is the date they’re looking at,” during a virtual meeting of Ontario border mayors,” said Jim Diodati, the mayor of Niagara Falls. “We hope to get more confirmation this week.”
Trudeau has previously said that before the country can relax its COVID restrictions, including travel restrictions, at least 75 percent of Canada’s population must have their first COVID vaccine and 20 percent must be fully vaccinated.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said Trudeau has told mayors that Canada is on track to meet that goal by June 21.
As of June 8, 61.7 percent of Canadians have received at least one dose of a vaccine and nearly eight percent were fully vaccinated.
“The federal government is nervous,” said Diodati, whose city relies heavily on U.S. tourism. “They don’t want to make a mistake or make a misstep. We get that.’
Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada relies heavily on US tourism
The pact limiting non-essential travel between the United States and Canada has been in effect since March 2020 and is due for renewal by the leaders of both countries on June 21.
But stakeholders and government officials told Bloomberg that pressure is mounting on government officials to reopen the border for the summer season.
Extending the travel ban for another month would deal a major blow to the Canadian tourism industry, restricting traffic between the two countries for both Canadian Independence Day and U.S. Independence Day.
It is estimated that the travel restrictions cost the Canadian travel industry about $20 billion in Canadian revenue last year.
More than a million cars crossed the border from Canada to the United States every month before the pandemic, according to Bloomberg, but last year that number dropped to just over 100,000.
However, to open the border, Trudeau has said he would like to work with US officials for “symmetry, coordination and cooperation at the border.”
There is little traffic on the Peace Bridge between New York and Canada
Before the pandemic, more than 1 million cars crossed the border from Canada to the United States each month, but that number had fallen to just over 100,000 last year.
Meanwhile, world leaders are preparing to speak about international travel at a G7 summit starting Friday, following a virtual discussion last month between the countries’ tourism officials.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps led the discussion and shared the findings of his Global Travel Taskforce with transport officials from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the European Union.
“If we are to restart international travel on a global scale safely and sustainably, we need a robust, accessible and coordinated approach,” he told The national news.
“That’s why I’ve brought my G7 colleagues together to identify shared goals, address challenges we may face and move forward with a coordinated approach that will enable us to build back better as we look to the future. ‘
The country has since ‘traffic light system’ to allow visitors from countries on a so-called ‘green list’ to visit the country without going into quarantine, while those from countries on an ‘orange list’ would be subject to COVID travel restrictions.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps led a discussion on international travel last month
Major airlines pressure US and UK officials to resume transatlantic travel ahead of G7 summit this week
The European Union is already working to create a digital pass which allows people to show they have been vaccinated, tested negative for the coronavirus or have recently recovered from traveling the continent, and last month Italy reopened its borders to tourists from several destinations traveling on ‘COVID-free’ flights.
Travelers on these flights must be tested before departure and again on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status, the country’s foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, announced on facebook.
“Thus, after more than a year, we are opening up to safe tourism from all G7 states,” Di Maio said.
“Until now, with the COVID-free flights, you couldn’t come to Italy for tourism from the extra EU countries,” he said. “Now let’s open up again to this opportunity, which allows safe travel without quarantine.
“We are working hard to get Italy out of the crisis and save the tourist season,” he wrote.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced last month that the country would reopen its borders to tourists from various destinations traveling on ‘COVID-free’ flights.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the number of international tourists worldwide has fallen by 73 percent by 2020 and 62 million jobs in the tourism sector have been lost worldwide as a result of the pandemic.
Now the CEOs of all airlines offering travel between the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as officials at Heathrow International Airport, are calling for the reopening of transatlantic travel.
On Monday, they discussed the benefits of adding the United States to the UK’s green list and encouraged the United States government to lift entry requirements for British travelers who have passed or completed a negative COVID test. vaccinated.
International leaders are expected to discuss these measures at the G7 summit, to be held in the UK from June 11 to June 13, and an announcement on international travel is expected.