The next phase of border reopening will be for vaccinated travellers, according to Canada’s prime minister, but unvaccinated travellers will have to wait.
In answer to a reporter’s query on when Canada will allow more vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists into the country, Trudeau said,
“I can tell you right now, that’s not going to happen for quite some time.”
“Before we consider what international travellers who have not been completely vaccinated might be able to do… The next step will be to see what measures we can allow for fully vaccinated overseas travellers,”
Trudeau said at a press conference on July 8.
“We’ll work on that first, and we’ll have more to say in the coming weeks.”
Canadian health officials are keeping an eye on crucial indicators to see if border restrictions might be lifted even more. These include the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, hospitalisation rates, vaccination rates, and the number of fully-vaccinated arriving travellers with COVID.
Before border restrictions may be lifted, the prime minister previously stated that 80% of Canadians must be completely vaccinated. By the end of the month, Canada is projected to have achieved its goal.
The current travel restrictions in Canada will expire on July 21. The regulations will either be extended or amended by then. The federal government began rolling back quarantine requirements for properly vaccinated passengers who were previously free from travel restrictions when they were extended in June.
COVID-negative travellers who have received the maximum recommended dose of a Canada-approved vaccine can skip the 14-day quarantine and day-eight testing as of July 5.
Within Canada, there has been pressure on the Trudeau government to implement a comprehensive border reopening strategy. Particularly for the multibillion-dollar tourism industry, which has been severely harmed by travel restrictions.
According to the Globe and Mail, business organisations are also urging the federal government to postpone a federal election until a reopening plan is in place. Trudeau’s Liberal Party is currently in a minority administration.
According to rumours, Trudeau is considering calling a general election later this year in order to gain a majority. If the government goes to an election, the momentum for border reopening may be halted since political leaders will be unable to make major policy decisions.
Trudeau did not promise to postponing an election during the news conference, but he did declare that the government would continue to support businesses affected by the pandemic.
“We will continue the reopening of our borders, but we will do it in a way that ensures the ongoing safety of all Canadians”