Canada to drop border vaccination mandate on September 30


By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved Canada’s removal of the requirement to vaccinate people entering the country at the end of September, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. .

Canada, like the United States, requires foreign nationals to be vaccinated when entering the country. No mandate changes are expected in the United States in the short term.

Unvaccinated foreign travelers who are permitted to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory on-arrival testing and a 14-day quarantine.

The official said Trudeau had agreed to let a Cabinet order imposing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border expire on September 30. The official said earlier this week that the Prime Minister must give his final approval. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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The Trudeau Liberal government still decides to maintain the requirement for passengers to wear face masks on trains and planes.

Unvaccinated professional athletes like major league baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs if the Blue Jays qualified for the playoffs. They are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada.

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