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ArriveCan, border restrictions to end

ArriveCan, border restrictions to end

The Canadian Press is reporting that the last of Canada’s COVID-19 border restrictions will end at the end of this month with the expiry of a cabinet order affecting mandatory vaccinations, testing and quarantine of international travellers.

That means travellers will no longer need to use  the ArriveCan app which had been blamed for delays as customs and immigrations lineups at airports.

Nor clear is whether passengers must wear masks on domestic and international trains and planes because that rule is contained in a separate order issued by the minister of transport.

Two senior government sources aware of the decision confirmed the cabinet order maintaining COVID-19 border measures will not be renewed when it expires on Sept. 30.

The ArriveCan app was seen as a deterrent for American tourists travelling to Canada. Mayor Jim Diodadi of Niagara Falls had been lobbying for an end to ArriveCan for months.

There has been no official announcement from Ottawa but the Canadian Press has confirmed the changes through sources not authorized to speak on the subject.

One of the sources said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, before the cabinet meeting took place, signed off on the decision not to renew the rules.

Under the current rule, Canadians returning to the country who aren’t vaccinated must show a negative COVID-19 test result before arriving, and undergo further testing after arrival. They also must quarantine for 14 days.

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