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Canada could allow fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada by mid-August and double vaxxed visitors from other countries in September, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said on Thursday night.
A summary readout of the PM's weekly chat with Canadian premiers that published on the PM's website late Thursday says the changes could be announced Monday and implemented at a later date.
"The Prime Minister noted that, if our current positive path of vaccination rate and public health conditions continue, Canada would be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all countries by early September. He noted the ongoing discussions with the United States on reopening plans, and indicated that we could expect to start allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel," the readout said.
The published summary says premiers "expressed their support of reopening plans, and agreed on the importance of ensuring clarity and predictability as initial steps are taken. The Prime Minister indicated that ministers would share more details on these plans early next week. Finally, First Ministers discussed the importance of working collaboratively on a proof of vaccination credential, and prioritizing work to implement a system that would enable Canadians to travel internationally with confidence."
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday that said the States could soon welcome international travellers previously barred from entry. Biden met with German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday and said an announcement on opening the U.S. to international visitors could come in the next few days.
The Canadian government pretty much has to say something by Monday, as the current border closure agreement between Canada and the U.S. expires next Wednesday, July 21.
Paul Nursey,the CEO of Destination Greater Victoria in British Columbia, said the news comes late in the summer but should still boost his city's bottom line,
"Our connections to Washington State, California and other states run deep. We are now deep into summer and most US travellers have made their summer holiday plans. But, looking on the bright side, Victoria has always been a quick getaway trip for high end transient United States leisure trips, so if these dates are accurate, there is a possibility of some incremental business this summer which would be helpful.
"We value our American guests and can't wait to welcome them back."
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