Canada to Loosen U.S. Travel Restrictions

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The border between the United States and Canada could soon open back up.

The international border, which clocks in as the longest in the world, was closed for significant periods of the pandemic, with many restrictions still in place today.

According to a new report from Reuters, however, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian health officials are considering loosening restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. Specifically, fully vaccinated travelers would no longer be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon arriving in Canada—though a shorter quarantine period is still possible, and a negative test result is also likely to be required.

These updates are expected to be announced in the near future, with Politico reporting that June 22 could be the date that restrictions are dialed back.

Speaking virtually to the the St. John’s Board of Trade, Prime Minister Trudeau also revealed that Canada is keen to open its borders to visitors from other countries in an effort to get its tourism industry back on track.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We are looking at how we’re going to start welcoming up tourists in a phased way as the numbers come down in Canada, as the numbers start to come down in the United States and elsewhere around the world.”

The Prime Minister also acknowledged that Canadians are eager to begin traveling internationally again, and expressed optimism that the country’s rising vaccination rates could soon make doing so possible.

“Not only have we managed to keep case counts low and manage throughout this pandemic in most parts of the country, but we are also extremely high in terms of vaccination numbers, and that is going to be reassuring to a lot of people who maybe want to travel but don’t want to be putting their families at risk,” he said.

“Canadians are going to be really keen on tourism, on getting out there, on leaving their community.”

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