CBSA says the first week after the reopening of Canada’s borders to fully-vaccinated international travellers on 07SEP saw only about 18% more air arrivals than before restrictions lifted.
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.
Arrivals are still below 2019 levels, but are expected to spike again once fully vaccinated international travellers are permitted to enter Canada next month.
The downgrade is great news for Canadian tourism – and may also be hopeful for a restart of the travel industry.
Adrian Dix told US media that vaccination mandates and other COVID travel restrictions are here to stay – for ‘years.’
The ban on direct flights from India has been extended to 21SEP. That’s past the 07SEP date when fully vaccinated residents of all nationalities are permitted to enter Canada.
At the 11th hour, Canada’s border workers settled with Ottawa, ending job action that threatened to create chaos when the border reopened Monday. Delays are still probable due to volume.
Just three days before Canada’s borders reopen to fully vaccinated Americans come Monday.
With Canada having overtaken the US in vaccination rates, its anyone’s guess what this means for cross-border tourism.
“It’s difficult to figure out why policies haven’t changed,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said, seemingly at odds with the latest US decision to extend its land border closure with Canada.