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Canada Encourages Non-Essential Travel Again – Forbes

Canada has some of the strictest travel protocols in the Western Hemisphere. Thankfully, the country is now encouraging non-essential travel for Canadians again. Here are the latest travel details for international travel from Canada.

Non-Essential Travel Advisory Ends

Canada dropped its non-essential foreign travel advisory on October 21, 2021, for air and road leisure travel. However, Canadian officials still discourage international cruise travel. This stance copies the CDC international travel guidance that recommends U.S. citizens to delay international travel until being fully vaccinated.

Several factors contribute to this policy move:

  • Vaccination rates are increasing across Canada
  • Case counts are decreasing in most provinces and cities
  • Government officials are developing long-term health protocols

Approximately 82% of the population 12 years or older are fully vaccinated as of October 26, 2021.

Canada Travel Guidelines

As Canadians gear up for international travel again, several health protocols are in place to protect travelers and transportation employees.

Must Be Fully Vaccinated To Travel In Canada

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Canada requires eligible citizens and international travelers to be fully vaccinated when using commercial travel in the country. This vaccine mandate applies to airlines and trains.

Full Vaccination For International Visitors

More countries across the globe require incoming visitors to be fully vaccinated and have a negative pre-arrival test. Canada also has this requirement for visitors, including Americans, to enter the country for non-essential travel.

Starting November 8, 2021, the United States travel ban ends and all foreign travelers traveling into the USA must be fully vaccinated and have a negative diagnostic test.

U.S. And Canada Land Border Reopens Soon

While Canada reopened its land border to Americans in August, the United States is finally reopening to Canadian vehicles. Potentially, the first Canadians can drive into the U.S. as soon as November 8, 2021, when the Biden Administration lifts the air travel restrictions for all foreign visitors.

The U.S. government has yet to finalize the land crossing entry requirements like diagnostic testing. However, official statements indicate the guidelines will be similar to flying into the United States.

Summary

The relaxed international travel guidelines are a breath of fresh air for Canadians as the country has been making it easier for non-Canadians to fly or drive to the country for non-essential travel. Now that other countries have similar international travel guidelines to Canada, there are fewer roadblocks to take a vacation abroad once again.

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