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Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have announced that federal COVID-19 restrictions at the border will stay in place until at least June 30.
The federal government will continue to require that foreign tourists provide proof of being fully vaccinated in order to enter the country. All travellers coming to Canada, regardless of citizenship, must also continue to submit their health information through the ArriveCAN app prior to entry.
The announcement came a day after a Conservative Party motion calling on the federal government to lift all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions was defeated in the House of Commons.
The restrictions, along with insufficient staff numbers, are being blamed by groups including The Canadian Airports Council for creating long customs delays across the country.
Speaking to Canadian Press, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra pointed out that some airports in Europe have also seen similar delays, despite having fewer travel restrictions. He said the federal government is consulting with experts and other jurisdictions on when border measures should be lifted.
"There's obviously a discussion to strike the right balance, to ensure that we maintain our eye on public health but also the fluidity of our economy," Alghabra told CP. "That discussion is ongoing."
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