Minimal increase in international travel to Canada since vaxxed was fully welcomed – .

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Minimal increase in international travel to Canada since vaxxed was fully welcomed – .


OTTAWA – Canada has seen only a slight increase in the number of foreign nationals entering the country in the first week after the border opens to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to data from the Canada Border Services Agency, between September 6 and 12, 95,381 foreign nationals traveling by commercial aircraft landed in Canada, compared to 79,886 the previous week.

The government announced in July that anyone fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by Health Canada could enter the country for discretionary purposes starting September 7, provided they comply with additional screening measures for COVID-19. .

Travelers must have received the “full set” or combination of vaccines, 14 days prior to departure, submitted this information on the ArriveCAN app or equivalent website, provided that a molecular test result is performed at most late 72 hours before their scheduled departure. flight and passed another test on arrival.

The volume of commercial air travelers by foreign nationals hovered around 70,000 during most of August and between 15,000 and 45,000 per week in June and July.

The August increase correlates with Canada opening its doors to Americans fully vaccinated for non-essential purposes. At the same time, several airports, including the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa and the Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City, began to receive international flights again.

Although there was a slight increase in arrivals between September 6 and 12, the higher traveler volume is still far from pre-pandemic levels. More than 326,000 foreign nationals arrived in Canada during the same week in 2019.

The total volume of international travelers – including Canadians – stood at 209,838, compared to 677,745 in the same week of 2019.

Transport Canada said on Tuesday it would lift the month-long ban on direct flights from India effective Sept. 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, with enhanced controls in place on arrival.

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