Published: Wed, June 09, 2021

Could Canada-U.S. border restrictions ease this month?

Could Canada-U.S. border restrictions ease this month?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to ease border restrictions for travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

Easing restrictions this month "to take account of rising vaccination levels would sustain jobs, boost business confidence and allow more families to reunite", the groups said.

"The easing of restrictions will be focused on Canadians who are fully vaccinated", Trudeau said.

According to the Tourism Industry Association of BC, the USA makes up the largest worldwide market for tourism in that province.

Canadian tour operators gearing up for the summer are pressing the federal government to tell them when they can expect the border to reopen to big-spending American tourists.

Several business associations on both sides of the border and the tourism industry association of Canada are issuing a fresh call today for a plan to ease travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border.

"We would make a decision about the Canada border based on the guidance of our health and medical experts", Psaki said when asked if the USA would take a unilateral approach.

If a traveler is allowed to enter Canada, they should know that strict screening and safety measures are still in place including a 14-day mandatory quarantine and pre- on- and post-arrival testing requirements. "It would help facilitate a safe and gradual return to a more normal life".

Some travel and tourism businesses say it's urgent.

"There is a lack of urgency on the Canadian side for planning for the inevitable reopening of the border, which has been out of step with USA officials and the Biden administration", president and CEO Beth Potter said in a statement. "Our occupancy rate has been a little lower than 20 per cent".

"We need to have goals in order to open up the border. I think it would be an incentive to get vaccinated", Germain said.

Pressure has been growing on the Canadian and US governments to relax restrictions that have been in place since March of previous year, dramatically reducing land and air traffic between the two countries. The border between the two nations has been closed to most non-essential travel since the start of the pandemic.

April's federal budget promised an injection of $1 billion over three years, starting this fiscal year, for the tourism and festival industry forced to close or cancel events because of public health measures.

He says it's critically important that Canadians make every effort to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

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