Canada will remove all COVID-19 restrictions for inbound travelers on Saturday (October 1), as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements, the government said on Monday (September 26).
The decision to drop the restrictions was based on Canada’s vaccination rate, availability of newer vaccines and treatments, as well as scientific modeling that shows the country had passed the peak of the latest wave of coronavirus infections, the government said.
More than 90 per cent of Canadians over 12 have taken the primary series of a COVID vaccine and earlier this month, Canada authorized Moderna Inc’s bivalent COVID-19 shots for adults, in the country’s first Omicron-adapted vaccine.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government was prepared to reinstate restrictions if the need arises.
“Obviously we have no hope to reintroduce some of these measures but if we need to protect the safety of Canadians, we will have to,” he told reporters in Ottawa.
Travelers, regardless of citizenship, will not have to submit health information through the ArriveCAN app or provide proof of vaccination from Saturday.
A requirement for travelers to wear masks on planes and trains would also be dropped, according to the statement.