Canada Lifting COVID Travel, Border Restrictions

Travelers crossing the U.S.-Canadian border are about to find the journey a little easier.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration is ending its mandatory vaccination, testing and quarantine requirements for international travelers, Bloomberg reported.

Starting Saturday, travelers headed into Canada no longer have to provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing, quarantine or isolate. They also no longer have to submit public health information to the government’s app or website. Canadian officials made the announcement Monday in Ottawa.

Drivers aren’t the only ones who will find entry into Canada easier. Masking requirements on domestic planes and trains will also be lifted, and cruise passengers won’t be required to have pre-boarding tests or be vaccinated, according to Bloomberg.

Since earlier this year, Canada has been gradually lifting its COVID-related restrictions to fully reopen its economy, with travel measures being the last set of rules to remain in place.

“Thanks largely to Canadians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we have reached the point where we can safely lift the sanitary measures at the border,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement. The virus is, however, still circulating, he warned. “So I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses and exercise individual public health measures.”