Canada has begun easing travel restrictions for its citizens, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not allow unannounced foreign travelers to return home on Thursday. “A good moment”.
“I can tell you now that this will not take effect for a while.”, Justin Trudeau answered a question from the press. “We must continue to ensure the safety of Canadians. No sacrifices have been made in recent months.”, he said. Without providing details, the Prime Minister said changes in the rules would be put forward “In the coming weeks” About entering the country of fully vaccinated tourists.
Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government, especially from the tourism sector, to relax border rules between Canada and the United States, which share the world’s longest border. The latter has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. Justin Trudeau said his administration did not want to affect Canada’s progress in having the corona virus as the number of cases reported daily was declining and vaccination rates were rising.
This week, his government lifted the hotel isolation requirement for Canadians and permanent residents returning from abroad who have been fully vaccinated against Govt-19. The Canada-US agreement, which is renewed monthly by mutual agreement between Ottawa and Washington. Closing the border is in effect until at least July 21st.