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Canada To Discontinue Vaccination And Testing Requirements For Travellers

According to media reports, COVID-19 testing for all the travellers and vaccination requirements for foreign nationals returning to Canada is going to end soon

Furthermore, it’s also disclosed by mainstream media and news resources that the random covid tests and requirements of vaccination for all the travellers and foreign nationals coming to Canada will end from 30 September 2022 as the Emergency Order-in-Council on board measures for Covid-19 has now ended. However, passengers on trains and planes would still need to wear masks.

Media reports have also disclosed that the ArriveCAN app which was used by travellers for the submission of their vaccination status, travel plans and declarations will now be optional from the end of the month.

Federal Government News regarding removal of these measures came during the requests by the mayors and MPs of border city to end travel restrictions in both Canada and the US. Although vaccination requirements for foreign nationals coming into the US is still necessary, it is unsure if there would be any changes to the policy.

It would come as welcome news for all of the travellers who were frustrated by the travel restrictions and vaccine requirements causing them delays at the airport. Also, the decision of making ArriveCAN optional could come out as a surprise as the government initially hinted the app to be permanent.

Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) union evaluated that almost 30-40% travellers coming to Canada didn’t complete the ArriveCAN app on arrival at the airport which resulted in long delays. In addition, the reason behind delays was the CBSA staff shortage forcing all of the agencies to cancel vacations abroad.

Some technical glitches were also observed on the ArriveCAN app causing the vaccinated travellers without any symptoms to quarantine or face a fine of about $5,000. This private issue claimed an investigation by the Officer of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

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