Ottawa: The Government of Canada has announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions including testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, from October 1.
The Minister of HealthJean-Yves Duclos said that the removal of border measures has been facilitated by a number of factors, including modelling that indicates that Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 fuelled wave, Canada’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, as well as the availability and use of vaccine boosters, rapid tests, and treatments for COVID-19.
Following this decision, now all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website and they don’t have to provide proof of vaccination or undergo pre- or on-arrival testing. After October 1, people don’t have to undergo quarantine or isolation.
Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or wear masks on planes and trains.
The minister said that although the masking requirement is being lifted, all travellers are strongly recommended to wear high quality and well-fitted masks during their journeys.