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When will Canadian border open? Airlines urge Trudeau to get a move on

When will Canadian border open? Airlines urge Trudeau to get a move on
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Commercial airline groups are pushing the Canadian government to open its air borders to more American travelers.

The National Board of Air Canada and American Airlines, the trade associations representing airlines in Canada and the United States, sent a letter Friday urging the Justin Trudeau administration to develop a clear roadmap “quickly” to safely reopening air travel between the two neighbors. Countries.

“Safely reopening cross-border air travel between Canada and the United States is essential to the economic recovery of both countries from the pandemic,” the letter said, adding that air travel enabled $718 billion in trade between the two countries in 2019.

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The letter calls for the plan to be completed and made public by June 21, when the current Canadian border procedures are due to renew.

The northern border of the United States was initially closed to leisure travelers in March 2020, with only commerce and essential travel allowed. Nearly 15 months later, travelers from the US to Canada still have to prove they are crossing the border for essential reasons, and are required to be tested for COVID-19 in advance and quarantine on arrival.

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The trade unions’ letter comes on the heels of last week’s release of the latest report from Health Canada’s Panel of Experts on COVID-19 Testing and Screening, which called for changes to the country’s border and travel policy.

The report was drawn up by experts in epidemiology, virology and advanced data analytics, and said border measures “must evolve” to reflect the increasing number of people vaccinated. The group recommended allowing fully vaccinated travelers to avoid this Examination and quarantine, ending hotel quarantine, and reducing the period of quarantine for those who have not been fully vaccinated.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last month that he would prefer to wait until 75% of the country is vaccinated before fully reopening the borders.

As of Friday, 56.8% of Canada’s population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 5.7% had been fully vaccinated, according to the Canadian government’s website. In the United States, 51% of the total population has received at least one dose and 41% are fully vaccinated, according to data compiled by USA TODAY.

But the advisory committee also noted that Canada is in the third wave of COVID-19, and believes that “this should be taken into account when phasing out existing border measures.”

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Other countries have continued their plans to recover from airline risks in recent months.

The UK, which began emerging from its latest lockdown last month, is still requiring Americans to self-quarantine for 10 days. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in April that his country would test passports for the vaccine but first for its own residents. At the time, the Biden administration said the US government would not issue it.

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Meanwhile, several EU members – including France – are adjusting their travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter without the need for quarantine. At the time, the Biden administration said the US government would not issue it. Airlines like it.

“With vaccination rates increasing dramatically in both countries, and provincial governments issuing restart plans, now is the time for the (Canadian) federal government to immediately engage with airlines to provide a clear roadmap and timeline for reopening air borders,” Friday’s message says.

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