Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for a while -PM Trudeau – .

Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for a while -PM Trudeau – .

Officers from the Canada Border Services Agency stand outside two closed Canadian border checkpoints after the border was announced to be closed to “non-essential traffic” to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID -19) at the US-Canada border post at the Thousand Islands Bridge in Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada, March 19, 2020. REUTERS / Alex Filipe

OTTAWA, July 8 (Reuters) – Foreign tourists unvaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed into Canada for a period of time because the government does not want to jeopardize progress made in containing the virus, Premier said Thursday Minister Justin Trudeau.

“I can tell you right away that this won’t happen for a while,” Trudeau said, when asked by reporters when Canada would allow unvaccinated tourists to enter the country.

Canada, as of this week, waived quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated citizens. But non-essential foreign travelers are still not allowed in despite pressure from the country’s tourism sector.

The United States does not have vaccine requirements for visitors. At this point, discussions about lifting border restrictions are focused on fully vaccinated travelers, Trudeau said.

“The next step, we will be looking at what measures we can allow for fully vaccinated international travelers,” he said. “We will have more to say in the coming weeks. “

Trudeau has previously said authorities are taking a close look at national vaccination rates, the spread of worrisome variants and how the rest of the world is dealing with COVID-19.

Some 78% of people aged 12 or older in Canada have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, health officials said Thursday. About 44% of people 12 years of age or older are fully immunized.

The governments of Canada and the United States have come under pressure to reopen the world’s largest land border, which has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. Current restrictions are in place until at least July 21. read more

A White House official told Reuters on Wednesday that reopening US borders to many global tourists would require even more discussion. Read more

Reporting by Julie Gordon in Ottawa; Additional reporting by Steve Scherer Editing by Chris Reese and Dan Grebler

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