The Canadian government quietly rescinded its guidelines against all non-essential travel on Thursday, replacing them with a new advisory saying travelers should be fully immunized before leaving the country.
The adjustment comes just weeks before the U.S. land borders reopen to vaccinated Canadian tourists and the peak vacation travel season. Beginning November 8, Canadians can enter America by land or ferry for tourism or to visit friends and family.
The updated guidelines say all travelers should take protective measures such as wearing a mask and continue to avoid cruise ship travel outside of Canada. Travelers to the United States should “take normal security precautions,” according to the government website.
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The previous travel advisory was originally published in March 2020 and told all Canadians to avoid cruise ships and non-essential out-of-country travel “until further notice.”
It did not ban international travel, and many Canadians were already planning to visit the United States before the guidelines were updated online.
Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced standardized proof of COVID-19 vaccination for Canadian travelers. The system supports Canada’s new travel vaccine mandate which requires travelers departing from Canadian airports or trains to be fully immunized as of October 30.
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