Dem Representative Blasts Canada Decision to Extend Border Restrictions as 'Bulls

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2021

Restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the USA will remain in place for at least another month.

Ottawa will reveal on June 21 how it plans to start lifting the measures for fully vaccinated Canadians.

The measures at the border have been in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada has yet to meet the vaccination targets to safely open the border when asked why the restrictions were extended once again.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters this morning he is working with the United States and global partners to ensure that AstraZeneca vaccine recipients face few barriers when they travel overseas. Officials have already said quarantine protocols will be scrapped for citizens who had received their second dose.

'We're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down, ' Trudeau said.

While jet setters continue to wait for the anticipated return to travel, as vaccines continue to be administered domestically and internationally, some border management experts continue to call out the "holes" in Canada's approach.

"We are sticking with our principle of doing everything necessary to keep Canadians safe even as we move forward on loosening restrictions in a responsible way", said Trudeau.

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"In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential worldwide travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021".

USA -bound air travellers, including those who are fully vaccinated, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months, before they board a flight.

"There's going to be co-ordination and collaboration work that's necessary across the world to make sure that people who are vaccinated and protected, and are protecting their community against COVID-19, can still travel".

However, he said, Quebec isn't planning to allow the use of proof of vaccination for people to access private activities, like concerts, in the province.

The decision garnered immediate criticism from some American lawmakers, including the two Congressmen who co-chair the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group.

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government has been in contact with airlines and airports about the plan but says reopening may not happen as soon as the restrictions expire.

Trudeau said that for the initial phase, the federal government is working with the ArriveCAN app to allow individuals to upload a picture of their proof of vaccination so border agent can confirm they are fully vaccinated.

"We hope to be able to resolve those issues in the coming weeks in time for bringing in loosened restrictions around travel".

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