Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-19 14:31:40 –
Toronto (AP) — Canada announced on Monday that it would begin allowing fully vaccinated US citizens to Canada on August 9 and other citizens of the world on September 7.
Authorities are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement on August 9 for eligible travelers currently residing in the United States and receiving a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada. Said.
Homeland Security Minister Bill Blair, who said he had spoken to US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas on Friday, said the United States had not yet indicated plans to change current restrictions at the border. Canadians can fly to the United States with a negative COVID-19 test.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki was asked if the United States would make a round trip in Washington, saying, “We are continuing to review travel restrictions. Decisions on resuming travel will be guided by public health and medical professionals. Would …. I wouldn’t. Look at it through mutual intent. “
Canadian officials also announced that children who are not vaccinated but are traveling with vaccinated parents do not need to be quarantined, but should avoid group activities.
Transport Minister Omar Argabra also said the ban on direct flights from India would be extended until August 21 due to a variant of the Delta. “The situation in India is still very serious,” he said.
Trudeau was able to begin allowing Canada to allow fully vaccinated Americans for non-mandatory trips domestically from mid-August last week, and by early September fully vaccinated from all countries. He said he should be in a position to welcome new travelers.
Canada leads the G20 countries in vaccination rates, with approximately 80% of eligible Canadians being vaccinated with the first vaccination and more than 50% of eligible Canadians being fully vaccinated.
In the early days of the pandemic, the US and Canadian governments closed more than 5,500 miles (8,800 kilometers) of borders to non-essential traffic. Some were angry that the two governments had not planned to completely reopen their borders due to rising immunization rates and lower infection rates.
Canada began deregulating earlier this month, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent residents to return to Canada without quarantine. However, some requirements include a negative test for the virus before returning and another test after returning.
Canada is under pressure to continue to relax border regulations that have been in force since March 2020. Exempting travel to Canada during a pandemic is politically sensitive, and Trudeau will call for federal elections next month.
Canadian officials say they want 75% of eligible Canadian residents to be fully vaccinated before easing border restrictions for tourists and business travelers. The Government of Canada expects that 80% of eligible Canadians will be provided with sufficient vaccine to be fully vaccinated by the end of July. The United States allowed the export of vaccines to Canada only in early May.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, commercial transport has typically traveled between the two countries.
The American Travel Association estimates that it will cost $ 1.5 billion a month to close the border. According to Canadian officials, Canada will have about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019, of which about 15 million will come from the United States.
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