While not a firm commitment, travel tourism stakeholders welcome, the possibility raised yesterday (July 15) by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that fully vaccinated U.S. travellers will be admitted to Canada in mid-August and those from other countries by early September – "if vaccination rates and public health conditions continue to evolve positively."
The Prime Minister raised this possibility, as part of his 33rd teleconference with provincial and territorial premiers on the response to COVID-19.
ACTA is happy, but...
"ACTA is pleased to learn that the federal government announced this week that fully vaccinated Americans may be allowed to enter Canada later in August and international visitors fully vaccinated in September. This is in line with what ACTA has heard from its contacts within the government," said Wendy Paradis, President of ACTA.
Paradis also applauded the other news "extremely important for our industry" announced yesterday by Ottawa: the lifting of the ban on cruises in Canadian waters as of November 1, 2021.
That said, the Association stressed that it will continue to pressure the government "to get a clear plan so that the industry can plan for a full reopening."
The NACC encouraged, but
The National Airlines Council of Canada (representing Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP, and WestJet) says it is "encouraged" by these possible changes to border restrictions.
"We expect the government to publicly confirm the details as soon as possible," said NACC CEO Mike McNaney, noting that his organization – like many others – has repeatedly asked the federal government to release a comprehensive restart plan and timeline."
In this regard, during his meeting with provincial PMs, Justin Trudeau indicated that ministers would share details about reopening plans "early next week."
In the meantime, McNaney recalls that in recent weeks, NAC members have published updated schedules and invested in restoring capacity, to allow for a quick and safe restart once border policy has changed.
"As border measures are adjusted, the government should follow the clear recommendations released in May by Health Canada's Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Testing and Screening, including the elimination of hotel quarantine for unvaccinated travellers," McNaney said.
At the same time, the CEO of the NACC also calls on the government to eliminate the quarantine requirement for minors.
"While the Prime Minister's comments provide a general timeline, we are very close to losing the entire summer travel season. We look forward to an urgent engagement with the federal government in the coming days and the release of a detailed action plan," concludes Mike McNaney.
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