Canada Announces Vaccine Mandate for Air and Rail Travel

By Paul Riegler on 14 August 2021
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Canadian officials announced that almost all passengers traveling by air, rail, or ship would be required to be fully vaccinated by fall.

The vaccination requirement “includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on inter-provincial trains and passengers on large marine vessels with overnight accommodations such as cruise ships,” said the country’s transport minister, Omar Alghabra, at a virtual press conference Friday.

The government will also mandate the vaccination of all federal employees by the end of October, and that it was working with provinces and territories to develop a vaccine passport for cross-border travel.

The move was welcomed by Canada’s two largest airlines, Air Canada and WestJet.

Air Canada said it was in line with “science-based health and safety measures” for travel.

“Although Air Canada awaits further details about today’s announcement on mandatory vaccinations, it is a welcome step forward in the evolving measures to protect the health and safety of airline employees, customers and all Canadians,” the airline said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Canada is working on a vaccine passport that will “support the re-opening of societies and economies.”

“Using a proof of vaccination will provide foreign border officials with the vaccination history needed to assess whether a traveller meets their public health requirements and provide a trusted and verifiable credential for when they return home,” the country’s immigration and citizenship bureau said in a statement.

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