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Canada’s travel industry asks government to ease COVID rules

The Canadian travel industry is calling on the Canadian government to ease congestion at Canada’s border crossings and lift unnecessary restrictions.

Hospitality Association of Canada President Susie Greenall says it’s time to move from the emergency measures introduced at the height of the pandemic to a more balanced and modern system.

She says the government needs to go further and faster and the rule change could be done before the expected summer tourism peak, but the change needs to happen quickly.

Canadian Airports Council interim president Monette Pascher outlined three steps they want the government to take.

“Abolishing mandatory on-site testing at Canadian airports, removing duplicate Public Health Agency of Canada health screening questions at state customs checkpoints and at the international border, and eliminating mandatory vaccinations for CATSA and CBSA workers.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Tuesday that border regulations will be extended until at least June 30.

Tourists entering the country will still be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, and unvaccinated Canadian citizens or permanent residents will also be required to provide proof of a PCR test taken prior to entering Canada and quarantine for 14 days.

All travelers arriving in Canada, regardless of nationality, must also continue to provide their health information through the ArriveCAN app before entering the country. Randomized testing of those who are fully vaccinated also remains in place.

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