U.S. officials have revealed that health authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility of requiring negative COVID tests to enter the U.S. by land as well as by air.
All U.S. border rules change 08NOV, with full vaccination required for all arrivals by land, air or water, with additional testing requirements for pax arriving by air.
Ottawa has no intention of dropping pre-arrival testing – or of downgrading to an antigen, rather than more expensive, and less accessible PCR test.
Only fully vaccinated arrivals will be allowed entry, and Canadian travellers will be required to show proof, but some vaccination details remain to be determined.
A group of American lawmakers says requiring Canadians to find, access and pay for COVID tests to return to Canada after visiting the US will hinder the return to cross-border travel.
The reopening of the U.S. to foreign pax has been seen as essential to the recovery of the global travel industry.
The White House has announced that it’s planning a “new system for international travel” into the US – but industry officials fear border restrictions may not be lifted “until 2022.”
The CBSA says few arrivals are testing positive so it’s safe to continue to reopen the border – but it’s still not safe for Canadians to travel abroad.
A flurry of new entry requirements into EU countries has followed the removal of the US from its ‘Safe’ list. IATA says the “mess of unharmonized regulations” is eroding travel’s recovery.
The CDC clarified its increased risk warning for travel to Canada was mainly targeting unvaccinated Americans – who can’t enter Canada without quarantine anyway.