Travel restrictions will ease, eventually: Trudeau

  • Travel restrictions will ease, eventually: Trudeau

Travel restrictions will ease, eventually: Trudeau

As vaccination rates increase, pressure has been mounting on the federal government to put a plan in place to allow cross-border travel to resume before the restrictions are due for renewal on June 21.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, under pressure to lift COVID-19 related restrictions along the US border, on Tuesday said Ottawa would reveal how some measures could be relaxed for fully vaccinated people, but didn't give a timeframe. The letter was reported first by Bloomberg News. Travelers entering Canada would still be tested for the coronavirus and may be required to quarantine for a shorter period, according to the report.

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".

Signatories to the letter include the Canadian and US chambers of commerce, the Retail Council of Canada, the National Retail Federation in the USA, the Business Council of Canada, industry group the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Air Canada and Transat AT Inc. rose as much as 5.4 per cent and 5.7 per cent, respectively, in Tuesday trading.

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

"We're not going to get ahead of ourselves".

"In conversations with government leaders on both sides of the border we are learning plans are moving forward to provide for expanded crossing allowances". Just 6% have received two shots, but with vaccine supplies improving, the government has said all eligible Canadians will be able to be fully vaccinated by September this year.

It isn't clear when the changes would be implemented or whether Canada will open up its borders to non-U.S. travelers at the same time.

Trudeau adds that when borders do start to reopen, Canada will likely be an attractive destination for tourists given our high vaccination rate.

A new poll conducted by Nanos Research Group for Bloomberg News shows Canadians are becoming more receptive to reopening the US border.

Some travel and tourism businesses say it's urgent. "I don't think we'll be able to do many more months like this", Christiane Germain, co-president of the Quebec-based Germain Hotels chain, said in an interview on BNN Bloomberg Television.

The Prime Minister, however, did not offer any timeline for reopening the border. "That's why we continue to encourage people to get double vaccinated to make sure we can end with this as quickly as possible".

Airlines in the USA and Canada are pushing the federal government in Ottawa to reopen the border between the two countries and allow more flights.