Fully vaccinated Americans could be allowed into Canada by mid-August, Trudeau says – .

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Fully vaccinated Americans could be allowed into Canada by mid-August, Trudeau says – .


Canada is preparing to welcome the world again, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quietly said Thursday evening as his office revealed a mid-August target for the border reopening for fully vaccinated Americans.
And if the current vaccination rate stays on its upward trajectory, fully vaccinated travelers from around the world could start arriving in early September, Trudeau said during a COVID-19 status update with Canada’s prime ministers.

The news was quietly leaked in the closing paragraphs of a reading from the Prime Minister’s Office – a tactical display of modesty, perhaps, in a nation’s capital where the scent of an impending federal election is in the air.

“The Prime Minister noted that if our current positive trajectory in immunization rates and public health conditions continued, Canada would be able to welcome fully immunized travelers from all countries by early September,” said the text.

He noted the ongoing discussions with the United States on plans to reopen and indicated that we might expect to begin allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to Canada from mid-August for non-essential travel. “

The statement does not mention whether eligible U.S. visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination, a touchy subject in a country where personal freedoms are sacrosanct. The White House has already ruled out the idea of ​​a vaccine “passport”.

Trudeau also boasted that Canada leads the G20 countries in terms of vaccination rates, with 80% of eligible Canadians having received at least one dose of the vaccine. More than half are fully vaccinated, Trudeau said.

US Pressure Supports

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to continue easing border restrictions, which have been in place since March of last year. Much, however, came from south of the border in question.

But since Trudeau is widely believed to be about to start a federal election campaign, the timing of the border reopening could be a factor in his thinking.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is just one voice in a growing chorus of US lawmakers, including many of Canada’s states and border districts, who recently called for the resumption of non-essential travel for people vaccinated.

And polls are starting to show that widespread opposition in Canada to easing border restrictions, which peaked at the height of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, has finally started to melt away.

Relaxation of restrictions

Indeed, the reopening process has already started: Last week, the Canada Border Services Agency began exempting fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents from a 14-day quarantine requirement.

The restrictions, imposed by mutual agreement in March last year as the pandemic began to hit hard, have been renewed monthly since. They should expire next Wednesday.

Travelers are seen at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 9. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press)

“The prime minister said ministers would share more details on these plans early next week,” the reading read.

He also says the prime ministers have expressed support for the reopening, provided the process is accompanied by “clarity and predictability.”

They also discussed working “collaboratively” on some sort of accreditation and vaccine system to “allow Canadians to travel internationally with confidence.”

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