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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Know about Canada’s new domestic travel vaccine regulations

Canada's new domestic travel vaccine

Key Takeaways:

  • The transition period permitting for a negative COVID-19 test from those wishing to travel by plane, train, or ship in Canada will end on November 30.
  • They require all travelers to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of that before boarding.

The federal government announced the travel rules at the beginning of October, and they went into effect on October 30. There was, however, a month-long transition period during which those who did not qualify as fully vaccinated could travel if they could show a negative COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel.

Beginning Tuesday at 3:01 a.m. EST, a negative COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination. This means that if you can’t prove that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be denied boarding. Travel Canada will have “minimal exceptions” to this rule, such as medical reasons for not being vaccinated.

Other rules for travelers implemented earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, such as mandatory masks, health check questions, and adverse test requirements for international travelers, remain in effect.

While airlines were randomly selecting passengers departing from Canadian airports to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination during the transition period, both Air Canada and WestJet have told News that they will have a system in place by November 30 for customers to submit their proof of vaccination online ahead of arrival at an airport.

The government emphasizes that the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination does not guarantee entry into another country and that travelers should check with their final destination to see if there are any restrictions before traveling abroad.

Residents of fly-in communities will be exempt from the vaccine requirement for certain domestic flights.

According to the government’s new rules, unvaccinated passengers from small or remote communities will still be able to obtain essential services for their medical, health, or social well-being and return safely to their homes.

Source: CTV News

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