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Federal Government: Short-border trips will not require PCR test, but vaccination made compulsory for travellers

A molecular COVID-19 test to return to Canada is not required if it is less than 72 hours of travelling out of Canada. Contrary to this, travel in and around Canada for unvaccinated Canadians will be next to impossible.

A brief about the official announcement as of Nov. 30 was that all the fully vaccinated Canadians travelling for less than 72 hours outside the country would no longer require to show a negative PCR test for COVID-19.

“Starting Nov. 30, vaccination will be required for travel within and out of Canada,” the government declared. “A valid COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination unless travellers are eligible for one of the limited exemptions, such as a medical inability to be vaccinated.”

Canadian government further advised people to get vaccinated as soon as possible so as to avoid hindrance in their travel plans in and outside the country. The adjustment to Canada’s border regulations was formally introduced through the federal authorities on Friday — at the same time as the announcement of increased strictness regarding the vaccination status of all travellers.

Additionally, beginning Jan. 15, travellers who were formerly exempt from entry mandates will now be allowed into Canada only if they are completely vaccinated. That consists of important service companies together with truck drivers, expert and amateur athletes, temporary overseas workers, international students, and people reuniting with family.

Local leaders were also vocal regarding the value and inconvenience of PCR checks, making their requirement an impediment for cross-border families, in addition to the requirement doing little to avoid the maximum spread of COVID-19 in travel scenarios.

Source: Windsor Star

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