Canada will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from October 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains, the government has said.
The move announced on Monday is likely to boost the Canadian travel industry, already booming after months of lull during the pandemic.
Canadian carriers were also pressing for an end to mask mandates on flights, citing thousands of incidents of non-compliance this year alone.
“As Canadians and international visitors look to make travel plans, the long-awaited removal of all remaining measures effective Oct. 1, 2022, will further expedite recovery for our industry and the Canadian economy,” Canada’s second-largest carrier, WestJet Airlines, said in a statement.
The decision to end restrictions was based on Canada’s vaccination rate, the availability of newer vaccines and treatments, and data showing the country had passed the peak of the latest wave of coronavirus infections, the government said.
More than 90 percent of Canadians over age 12 have taken the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccines. This month, Canada authorized Moderna Inc’s bivalent COVID-19 shots for adults, the country’s first Omicron-adapted vaccine.