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Canadian Government Updates Public Health Requirements for Future Travellers

Source: Nathan Denette/ THE CANADIAN PRESS


For future visitors to Canada, the government announced on Wednesday that the public health requirements for travellers in Canada; including the use of the ArriveCAN app are predicted to be in place until at least the 30th of September 2022. The reason for this given by Yves Duclos, the Minister of Health, is for the protection of everyone as the pandemic is not yet over. He continued to say that “we must continue to do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus”.


 


While the public health requirements are in place until at least the end of September, the removal of impromptu selection of travellers for COVID-19 testing at the airport has now been extended to the middle of July. The suspension was initially scheduled for the beginning of July, but it has now been extended to the middle of July. It was supposed to be suspended earlier


to make airport operations faster and solve flight delays. As it was discovered that the random tests slow down airport operations and flights as the travellers are selected randomly and are not released until the tests have been done. The reason for the extension of random COVID-19 testing at the airport is that it helps the government keep track of the virus and whatever variants that may come to light.  


 


While those requirements are ongoing for the time being, the vaccine mandate for travellers has been suspended since June 20. Although the vaccine mandate has been suspended, unvaccinated travellers to Canada are still required to quarantine for 14 days, with compulsory tests on the first day and the eighth day, upon their arrival in Canada. 


 


From the information released on Wednesday, the public health requirement requires travellers to upload their documents on the ArriveCAN app 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. This requirement is in place until at least the end of September and the random testing of travellers is extended to the middle of July. The ArriveCAN app has received criticism; a lot of travellers have described the process of uploading their documents as rigorous and it can be seen as a hindrance; dampening their mood about travelling to Canada.


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