The travel and tourism industry in Canada welcomes the announced changes to travel testing requirements made by the Canadian and US governments; Calls on the Government of Canada to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions

OTTAWA, ON, June 10, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ — The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable (the “Roundtable”) welcomes the announcement made today by the US federal government to lift all testing requirements for travelers, United States. Likewise, the Roundtable welcomes the move taken by the Government of Canada to temporarily suspend mandatory arrival testing for vaccinated travelers to help with current airport congestion, but continues to urge the Government of Canada to permanently lift all testing on arrival and other remaining COVID-19 restrictions. .

Canadian travel &  Tourism roundtable logo (CNW Group/Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable)

Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable logo (CNW Group/Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable)

Today’s announcements mark a major milestone for the travel and tourism industry in North America as it attempts to recover from more than two years of restrictions and closures.

Despite today’s announcements, there is still significant work to be done to reduce unnecessary pressure on the tourism sector and passengers. This includes the immediate removal of obsolete federally regulated passenger and aviation worker vaccination requirements and the elimination of duplicative health screenings in Canada airports. Although today’s announcement in Canada will cancel some tests, congestion issues will remain as the vaccination status of all passengers will continue to be determined at the border, and unvaccinated travelers are still required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival during June.

Canada outdated regulations cause unacceptable delays at major airports in the country, deter foreign visitors and annoy Canada fame on the world stage. inside the country, Canada Travel regulations are hurting small businesses, unfairly impacting families looking to enjoy the summer travel season, and forcing the cancellation of conferences and events that help boost the local economy.

“The unfair targeting of travel and tourism is a relic of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical experts were clear; Canada the current border policy is outdated and no longer helps to keep COVID-19 from Canada. While today’s announcement marks an important step in the right direction, there is still a lot of work to be done,” he said. Perrin Beattypresident and chief executive officer Canada Chamber of Commerce.

To this end, the Round Table calls on the federal government to immediately:

  • Eliminate federally mandated vaccination requirements for passengers and aviation workers;

  • Remove Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) duplicate health checks and questions via ArriveCAN at government checkpoints;

  • Remove manual selection processes for testing from CBSA and airports;

  • Establish clear standards of service to ensure the security and clearance of passengers traveling through Canadian airports.

Canadians are ready to travel abroad and foreign travelers are ready to travel to Canada. As travel demand returns and other global economies reopen, Canada border policy and resources must…

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