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Canadian Airports Praise Eased Restrictions

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) this week said Canada’s airports welcomed the news that fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in U.S. will be permitted into Canada as of August 9th for non-essential travel, and that fully vaccinated travelers from other countries will be permitted for non-essential travel September 7th.

Airports are also encouraged to see the return of international access for five communities, an end to hotel quarantines, the elimination of temperature screening of travelers and airport workers, randomized arrival testing, and new rules for children under 12, the CAC said.

“The measures announced today will greatly facilitate recovery in air travel to Canada over the coming months and improve the travel experience,” said CAC President Daniel-Robert Gooch. “While the return of direct international air services to the remaining Canadian airports remains to be confirmed, the steps announced today are important to help our battered visitor economy begin to recover.”

The CAC noted that more than 20 additional Canadian communities enjoyed international air service prior to the pandemic and continue to await its return.

“It is very encouraging to see Canada open up to international travelers and Canada’s airports look to engaging with the federal government on the measures announced today and those still required to fully open up Canada,” said Gooch. “Timing is important, as seasonal service to sun destinations typically begins in the fall and Canadians are already planning their winter vacations.”