Toronto (Canada), June 14. Canada will no longer require the COVID-19 vaccination from passengers on domestic flights, or from those leaving the country, but will retain the need for full guidance for foreigners wishing to enter Canadian territory.
Starting on that date, the government will also stop requiring federal employees to be vaccinated. So far, federal workers who have not been vaccinated against covid-19 have been suspended from work and salary.
Masks will remain mandatory for passengers on all planes and trains in Canada. Passengers and crew of cruise ships will also need to have a full vaccination schedule.
Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominique LeBlanc; Transport, Omar Al-Ghubra and Health Jean-Yves Duclos warned today during a press conference that Canada will reimpose vaccination requirements and other restrictions if conditions worsen.
The Canadian government’s change in standards comes as major airports in Canada, including the country’s busiest, Toronto, are experiencing serious delays of weeks due to an overload of passengers, a shortage of staff and a number of requirements to be able to board planes.
But the Canadian government denied adopting the new rules due to pressure from the aviation and tourism sectors or to silence criticism from opposition parties, but rather based on scientific evidence.
The National Board of Airlines (CNA), which includes the country’s major airlines, said in a statement that although the measures announced today are positive, they are not enough to resolve the situation at airports.
The council called on Ottawa, among other measures, to scrap the mandatory vaccination of travelers from abroad, something that more than 100 countries around the world have already adopted, according to the association. EFE
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