Cruise ships will be able to enter Canada beginning November 1, 2021, as long as they follow the Canadian government’s public health requirements.
Omar Alghabra, Canada’s transport minister, made the news today.
Canada declared on February 4, 2021 that cruise ships and Arctic pleasure craft would be prohibited from entering the nation until February 28, 2022. The restriction was enacted to protect Canadians from COVID-19.
Given the improvement in Canada’s coronavirus situation, the government is removing the ban earlier than expected to help the country’s hard-hit tourism industry.
The administration hopes to promote the country’s tourism industry ahead of the 2022 cruise season by eliminating the limitations in November. The cruise ship industry provides $4 billion to the Canadian economy each year and employs around 30,000 people, according to the report.
Since March 2020, when the coronavirus travel restrictions were originally announced, Canada has been gradually reducing them. It is still subject to restrictions that will expire on July 21. Non-essential travellers (such as tourists) are currently unable to enter Canada. Non-essential travel between Canada and the United States is likewise prohibited, as are flights from India.
Cruise ship passengers should be aware that if they have a criminal past, they may be judged inadmissible and denied entrance into Canada. Before scheduling a cruise vacation that entails entering Canadian waters, you must resolve any criminal inadmissibility issues you may have.