Trudeau says Canada’s maritime borders remain closed to American travelers – .

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Trudeau says Canada’s maritime borders remain closed to American travelers – .


During a campaign stop in Victoria on Thursday, Justin Trudeau said the maritime border remained closed because “we don’t have the capacity to manage it safely.”

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has dashed hopes of Vancouver Island tourism operators that the maritime border with the United States would reopen before the end of the tourist season this summer.

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During a campaign stop in Victoria on Thursday, Trudeau said the maritime border remained closed because “we don’t have the capacity to manage it safely.” He didn’t explain why Canada is unable to process travelers at maritime borders safely, but that doesn’t surprise tourism officials like Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria.

“It is the height of incompetence,” he said. “Keeping us in the dark is not okay, but that’s what’s been happening since the borders were closed. “

Nursey said his group was considering a class action lawsuit against the federal government “for damage caused to hotel and tourism operators.” Tour operators in British Columbia’s capital depend on the 750,000 American tourists who arrive each year on one of the two ferries that would normally ply the waters between Victoria and Washington State. The Coho and Clipper ferries have been docked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but were scheduled to resume operations after August 9, when land and air borders were reopened to non-essential travel from the United States.

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However, a last minute decision by the federal government rejected these plans, and ferry operators say they are being treated unfairly. American travelers can enter Canada by land or air if they have been fully vaccinated and can provide proof of a negative COVID test through an app called ArriveCAN before leaving the United States.

Clipper Navigation CEO Dave Gudgel said his company is fully prepared to pre-screen travelers, just like airlines do, and has always provided designated space in its terminal for border officials. Canadians to screen passengers upon arrival.

“So we don’t understand what the problem is and why we are being treated differently,” he said.

Meanwhile, US citizens aboard pleasure craft are allowed to enter Canada without any prior screening. They can provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test after arriving at designated marinas in Canada.

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On Thursday, Trudeau explained, “We are working to increase this capacity (maritime border) and hope to see positive things happen in the not-so-distant future.”

Canada will reopen sea borders to cruise ships on November 1, and ferry operators assume that will apply to them as well.

Meanwhile, Nursey said Vancouver Island operators face additional hurdles in accessing the U.S. tourism market as it has no land border with the United States and Victoria Airport n is currently not authorized to accept international flights.


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