Canada has dropped COVID-19 travel restrictions, mask mandates

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2:09Canada to end border COVID-19 vaccine rules, mandates on masks and ArriveCAN

The federal government has officially announced it will drop masking rules and COVID-19 vaccine requirements for travellers, including the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app, starting October 1. David Akin explains what medical experts say about the risk of catching COVID-19 while on an airplane.

As of this morning, travellers to Canada do not need to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 — and wearing a mask on planes and trains is now optional, though it is still recommended.

People entering the country are no longer subject to random mandatory tests for the virus, and those who are unvaccinated will not need to isolate upon arrival.

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Anyone who entered Canada in the last two weeks and was subject to quarantine or testing is off the hook as of today.

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And inbound travellers do not need to fill out the controversial ArriveCan app anymore, although they can still use it to fill out their customs declarations at certain airports.

Federal ministers announced the end of the COVID-19 public health restrictions earlier this week, saying the latest wave of the disease has largely passed and travel-related cases aren’t having a major impact.

But Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos warned restrictions could be brought back again if they are needed.

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