unvaccinated travelers banned from planes and trains from today – .

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unvaccinated travelers banned from planes and trains from today – .


OTTAWA – Unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to board a plane or passenger train in Canada starting today, and a negative COVID-19 test will no longer replace most people.

The policy went into effect on October 30, but the federal government allowed a short transition period for unvaccinated travelers who could board provided they provided a negative COVID-19 molecular test performed within 72 hours of travel.

The new strict requirement comes into effect as Canada responds to the emergence of the new, highly mutated Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The discovery of the new variant led to border closures and tighter controls in Canada and abroad for fear that it would no longer be transmissible.

The risk from the Omicron variant is very high, according to the World Health Organization, but there are still a lot of public health officials out there and scientists don’t know it.

While anyone entering Canada or boarding a plane or train within the country must be vaccinated, there are currently no quarantine measures in place, except for people who have recently transited through southern Africa.

While many airlines have so far carried out random spot checks to ensure travelers are vaccinated, Air Canada and West Jet have confirmed that they will ask for proof from everyone boarding Canada from today.

Other measures, such as masks and health screening, will always be mandatory.

“If you tell your airline or rail that you are eligible for boarding, but do not provide proof of vaccination or a valid COVID-19 test result, you will not be permitted to travel and may face to penalties or fines, ”he added. indicates the government website.

The rule does not apply to commuter trains.

The government has issued warnings on social media that even Canadians and permanent residents abroad will not be able to return home without a full list of approved vaccines.

There are a few exceptions, including valid medical exemptions, travel to remote communities accessible only by air, and travel through Canada en route to another destination.

Most people who qualify for an exemption will need a recent COVID-19 test.

The vaccine’s mandate met with a positive response from the Canadian airline industry when it was first announced in October, though some companies feared making the necessary preparations on time.

Since then, the federal government has announced a standardized proof of vaccination document, which has been distributed by provinces and territories for national and international travel.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 30, 2021

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