Feds lift border vaccination mandates, mandatory masks on planes and trains

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OTTAWA — Federal ministers say all border restrictions related to COVID-19 will end on Saturday, including mandatory vaccinations, testing and quarantine of international travelers, and mandatory masks on planes and trains.

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The ministerial decree maintaining border measures related to COVID-19 will not be renewed when it expires on September 30.

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The change means that foreign nationals no longer need an approved series of vaccinations to enter the country.

It also means travelers to Canada will no longer be subject to random mandatory COVID-19 testing, and unvaccinated Canadians will not need to self-isolate upon returning home.

The controversial ArriveCan app won’t be mandatory when the order expires, but federal officials say travelers can use the app to submit customs and immigration declarations before they arrive at some airports.

The changes do not remove quarantine or testing requirements for people who entered Canada before Saturday.


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