From June 20, travelers by plane or train will no longer have to be vaccinated

From June 20, travelers by plane or train will no longer have to be vaccinated

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OTTAWA – As of June 20, it will no longer be mandatory to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board a plane or train, for travel within the country or leaving Canada for foreign countries.

However, foreigners wishing to enter Canada must continue to prove that they are vaccinated, and unvaccinated Canadians, including truckers, will have to go into quarantine upon their return to the country.

The ArriveCAN application remains active and its use remains mandatory for foreign travellers.

Wearing a mask will remain mandatory on board planes and trains.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra was under intense pressure from the airline industry, which blamed the government for causing major delays at airports because of vaccination requirements.

But the minister believes that lifting the obligations will not significantly change waiting times at airports. These wait times, he says, are essentially due to a labor shortage.

Public Servants

Federal public servants, including members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will no longer need to be vaccinated to work. In addition, the Trudeau government, ultimately, will not impose mandatory vaccination in all federally regulated workplaces, as it had announced.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos warns that in the event of a resurgence of the virus in the fall, the government will not hesitate to reimpose vaccination, both for civil servants and for travellers.

< strong>Three doses

“Vaccination remains the most effective way to protect ourselves and our families and communities,” he insisted.

Stating that “two doses are no longer enough,” Duclos called on all Canadians eligible for a third or fourth dose to get it. He expressed concern that the number of Canadians who have received a booster is lower than in any other G7 country.

“Approximately 60% of Canadians have had a third dose: we need to increase that,” said the minister.

On Friday, the Federal Public Health Agency had questioned the Trudeau government's vaccination obligations, indicating that they were not up to date with scientific data. . 

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Administrator of the Public Health Agency of Canada, explained that with only two doses of vaccine, the effectiveness of vaccination against COVID- 19, after six months, is down to 20% or less.

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