Ottawa to ease vaccine requirements and make Arrive Can optional

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Ottawa to ease vaccine requirements and make Arrive Can optional.

The Canadian government is planning to stop requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations at its borders as of September 30, 2022.  The government still needs to approve the change, but the government would likely drop the requirement and end the random COVID-19 testing at airports. Cabinet ministers have confirmed that they are evaluating alternatives and that discussions are taking place within the government about whether or not to keep the travel restrictions in place. On June 29, 2022, the government last expanded public health measures at borders and claimed that 95 percent of land and air passengers were using the app at the time.


Why is Canada relaxing its restrictions on COVID-19? 


The relaxation in restrictions on Covid-19 comes as a result of the recent successes in Canada’s vaccination program. With more and more people getting vaccinated, the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 is decreasing. As a result, the government feels that it is safe to ease up on some of the restrictions that have been in place since the start of the pandemic.

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Of course, this doesn’t mean that everyone can stop being careful. The virus is still out there, and it is still possible to contract and spread it. However, with more and more people getting vaccinated, the risks are becoming lower and lower.


The majority of countries are relaxing Covid-19 regulations.


Covid-19 entry restrictions keep falling like rocks, and travel is on the rise at the same time. The list has expanded by 28 new countries (and two territories) in the last three months, which is easing travelers in Covid-19 restrictions.

This is not to claim that the epidemic has ended; international tourists must still obtain the required certificates, of course, but countries on all continents have now adopted a post-pandemic attitude toward tourism and everyday life, relaxing masking laws along with border controls. Travelers are still recommended to confirm the necessary internal rules regarding masks, vaccination passports, and health examinations.


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What is ArriveCan?


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Canada has been working hard to vaccinate its population. In an effort to continue this progress, the Canadian government has announced that it will be easing vaccine requirements and making ArriveCan optional.


ArriveCAN is an app that allows you to submit your travel and contact information to the Canadian government. It is used to help the government keep track of who is entering the country and to help prevent the spread of disease. The app is free to download and use. A receipt from ArriveCAN verifies that you successfully submitted your information.


Before and after entering Canada, you must use ArriveCAN to provide the necessary travel and public health information. ArriveCAN helps in our continuous efforts to modernize cross-border travel, in addition to keeping travelers secure.


The Canadian government will be easing some of the entry requirements for vaccines into the country. Vaccines will still be required for some people, but those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to use Arrive CAN. This change is being made in order to make travel easier for those who are fully vaccinated and to encourage more people to get vaccinated.


How does this impact international travelers to Canada?


The Canadian government is planning to ease vaccine requirements and make ArriveCan optional for travelers entering the country. This means that travelers will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or use the ArriveCan app when entering Canada.

The move comes as the government seeks to reduce travel restrictions and encourage more people to visit Canada. The streamlined requirements will also apply to those traveling from within Canada.


This change is welcome news for those who have been struggling with the ArriveCan app. For travelers who are not vaccinated, this may provide some relief as well. However, it is important to remember that even if you are not required to use ArriveCan or submit a travel plan, you will still need to follow all other entry requirements.

Repositioning ArriveCAN as optional will come as a relief to travelers who don’t want to submit their customs declarations, vaccination status, and travel plans through an app that, at times, has malfunctioned or caused confusion. Since restrictions discourage travelers and are out of line with many other nations as the pandemic eases, the aviation and travel sectors have been urging the government to reduce the restrictions on foreign travel.


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