On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that foreign visitors who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada for a while, because of the Canadian government. do not want to destroy the progress that has been made in containing the corona virus.
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When asked by reporters when Canada will allow unvaccinated travelers to enter the country, Prime Minister Trudeau replied: “I can tell everyone right now that that won’t happen for a while.”
As of this week, Canada has waived quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated citizens. However, non-essential foreign visitors are still not allowed to enter Canada, despite pressure from the country’s fragile tourism industry.
Currently, Canada’s neighboring country, the United States, has no vaccination requirements for travelers. As a result, Prime Minister Trudeau said, at this point, negotiations on lifting restrictions at the border are focused on fully vaccinated travelers.
Mr. Trudeau emphasized: “The next step we will look at is what measures we can allow for fully vaccinated travelers. We will have more information in the coming weeks.”
Earlier, Mr. Trudeau said that Canadian authorities are closely looking at vaccination rates in the country, the spread of worrying coronavirus strains, and how the rest of the world is responding. with COVID-19.
On Thursday, Canadian health officials released figures showing that about 78% of people 12 years of age and older in Canada have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 44% of Canadians 12 years of age and older are fully immunized.
Both the Canadian and US governments are under pressure to reopen the world’s largest land border between the two countries, which has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. The current restrictive measures are in place until at least July 21.
On Wednesday, a White House official told Reuters the reopening of the US border to more global travelers would still require more discussion.
Nhat Minh (T/h)