Trudeau says Canada will open borders for fully vaccinated global travellers

Trudeau says Canada will open borders for fully vaccinated global travellers”

Every month since March 2020, Canada and the USA have extended the border restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The prime minister's office didn't respond to a request for comment.

Pressure has been growing on the Canadian and USA governments to relax restrictions that have been in place since March of a year ago, dramatically reducing land and air traffic between the two countries.

Trudeau has mentioned a 75% vaccination rate as a key threshold when asked about potentially reopening the border.

We're going to have more to announce in the coming weeks on which measures we can loosen for those who have two doses. More than 60% of Canadians have received a first dose with about 8% fully vaccinated, according to data tracked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Congressman Chris Jacobs (R - NY27) introduced legislation Tuesday, the Northern Border Reopening Transparency Act, that would require the Biden administration to provide transparency into efforts to reopen the border.

According to Potter, the average US traveller spends about $500 a day, versus Canadians who spend $100 a day while traveling within the country.

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"Our core USA market are those clients of hunting and fishing outfitters, so with the border closed it's a real challenge for people in the outfitting sector", said Jonathan Potts, executive director of marketing and communications for Tourism Saskatchewan.

Trudeau's government has signaled it could start easing COVID-19 restrictions at the Canada-U.S. frontier on June 22 if the country's vaccination campaign stays on its current trajectory, the mayors of Canadian border cities were cited as saying by Politico.

Canadian and USA business leaders also banded together Tuesday, issuing a fresh appeal to the federal government to start putting plans in place.

The European Union is allowing travellers from a handful of countries to visit the continent this summer, and several of the bloc's members have their own rules layered on top of that about who needs a COVID-19 test before arrival. "It would help facilitate a safe and gradual return to a more normal life".

US lawmakers have also been pestering the Biden administration to begin easing restrictions before the summer travel season begins in earnest.

Nor is Trudeau providing details about what sort of measures are in the works, beyond insisting it will be a science-based decision.

"It's very clear that even though one dose has allowed us to significantly protect Canadians and remove numerous pressures from our public health systems, it is still an incomplete protection", Trudeau said. "That's why we continue to encourage people to get double vaccinated to make sure we can end with this as quickly as possible". A pact that limits non-essential travel is due for renewal on June 21.

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