Canada will ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, eventually

Ross Houston
June 9, 2021

"We need people to get the full two doses of their vaccines and that's why easing of restrictions will be focused on Canadians who are fully vaccinated, both because that's what the science dictates, particularly when it comes to some of the new variants of concern like the Delta variant".

Meanwhile, border restrictions between Canada and the USA are due to either expire or else be extended on June 21. The border restrictions have been extended on a monthly basis ever since.

"We have no announcements to make today".

The current non-essential travel restrictions with the USA have been in place since March, 2020 and are set to expire on June 21. The Saskatchewan government said those visitors should be allowed to cross into Canada.

"The key question that we will want to see answered is what steps are being taken when those things occur to ensure that we continue to be safe", he said.

Trudeau adds that when borders do start to reopen, Canada will likely be an attractive destination for tourists given our high vaccination rate.

He says it's critically important that Canadians make every effort to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Diodati said Blair did not expand upon the restrictions that could be eased, but a suggestion was that anyone fully vaccinated would be able to cross the border with proof of vaccination.

If we can do it for some, we can surely find a way to do it for all.

The U.S. and Canadian chambers of commerce and other business groups said in a joint statement on Tuesday that the two governments should allow fully vaccinated travelers to cross the border starting June 22.

"In our view, the vaccination campaigns in both countries have progressed to the point where it is time to revisit the restrictions", said the group, which includes both the Canadian and US chambers of commerce, the Business Council of Canada and the USA -based National Retail Federation.

According to the Tourism Industry Association of BC, the US makes up the largest global market for tourism in that province.

Trudeau is not providing details about what sorts of measures are in the works beyond insisting it will be a science-based decision. While 53 per cent of respondents remain somewhat uncomfortable with easing restrictions on, that's down from closer to 80 per cent earlier in the pandemic.

"The difference between the protection of one dose of vaccine versus two doses of vaccine is quite significant", said Trudeau. "We all understand that we want to get back to normal".

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