The times, they are a-changing. Now that Canada’s new proof of vaccination system for travel is in effect, it looks like the feds have decided that there’s no more need for an advisory against non-essential trips abroad.
Since the start of pandemic-related closures back in March 2020, the government had an advisory that stated travellers should only leave the country for essential reasons, according to CTV News.
That advisory has since been taken down and replaced by a notice about “COVID-19 Travel Advice,” notifying travellers that they should be fully vaccinated before their trip and that community transmission is still happening in many countries.
The notice also says that because of the increased risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19, unvaccinated people “should continue avoiding non-essential travel to all destinations.”
Regardless of vaccination status, all Canadians should continue to avoid cruise ship travel outside of Canada, the government says.
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With Canada’s vaccine mandate for travel going into effect on October 30th, all travellers must have both shots to travel by train, plane, or cruise ship. Travellers must also present their proof at the U.S. land border when it reopens to vaccinated Canadian visitors on November 8th.
Trudeau announced Thursday that all provinces are now in the process of adopting the “standardized” system for showing vaccination status.
Provinces will issue the proof of vaccination directly to residents using the SMART Health Cards standard, which is recognized as Canada’s standard form of proof for domestic and international travel.
Residents in Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon now have access to the system, and other provinces will be making theirs available in the coming weeks. All provinces are set to implement the standardized credentials by the holidays.
Residents of provinces where the new standardized system is not yet available, including British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta, can continue to use their provincial proof of vaccination for now.
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