If you’re dreaming of going to Canada but don’t want an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, those dreams are officially dead.
Tourists who haven’t received the experimental jab are officially banned from entering the country for the foreseeable future.
But with the tyrannical lockdown policies, arrest of pastors, and burning of churches, does any sane person wish to visit the “Great White North?”
Although I’ve personally visited in the past, I’m perfectly okay staying away from our northerly neighbors.
The country has drifted into a communist state that has zero qualms destroying your personal liberties.
And I don’t think any unvaccinated foreigners will lose any sleep over this latest decision by the Canadian government.
Unvaccinated tourists won't be welcome in Canada for 'quite a while,' PM Trudeau says https://t.co/cNWB4sFAG9
— CTV News (@CTVNews) July 8, 2021
Canada will not allow unvaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country for quite some time.
PM Justin Trudeau is unwilling to jeopardise progress made on containing Covid-19 in the country.
This comes as Canada waived quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated citizens. pic.twitter.com/TZuVeu4Qez
— BFM News (@NewsBFM) July 9, 2021
— Edmonton Journal (@edmontonjournal) July 8, 2021
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 8, 2021
Canada, as of this week, has waived quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated citizens – but non-essential foreign travellers are still not allowed to enter. https://t.co/gEoomNPpXI
— IOLTravel (@IOLTravel) July 9, 2021
Canada has no plans to open its borders to unvaccinated tourists in the foreseeable future, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. But for those who are fully vaccinated, Trudeau hinted the government may have something to say in the weeks ahead. https://t.co/al0aoIEPov
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) July 8, 2021
CTV News reported:
Amid calls to present a comprehensive border reopening plan before thinking about calling a federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it’s going to be “quite a while” yet before Canada is ready to welcome in any tourists who are unvaccinated.
In response to a question from CTV News about when the tourism sector could start accepting vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers from abroad, Trudeau said: “I can tell you right now that’s not going to happen for quite a while.”
“We need to continue to ensure that the safety of Canadians, of all the sacrifices that so many people have made over the past many, many months, are not for nothing,” Trudeau said Thursday during a press conference in British Columbia.
The prime minister said he doesn’t want to jeopardize the progress made in the fight against the pandemic by throwing open the border too quickly.
Earlier on Thursday, Ottawa business owners and the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable held a press conference imploring the federal government to put forward a plan that will allow the tourism sector to plan for what their summer travel season will look like.
“Business owners aren’t picky, what they ask for is a plan that they can rely on, a plan that allows for preparation, for rehiring and for retooling, a predictable path forward that creates confidence for the future. And they need lead time to prepare,” said Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty. “Canadians need clarity and certainty, which today we don’t have, and the goalposts keep moving. It’s time to pick a goal, and to stick with it.”
Beatty said that because governments typically ease off of major decision making once an election is called, the industry is worried that if a border plan isn’t put in place soon, it may be months before one comes to fruition.
The industry stakeholders said that their sector has lost billions in revenue already, and the prospect of being closed for business for a second summer is hard to think about given the high vaccination rates among Canadians.
“What’s been frustrating and infuriating is being on the government regulated yo-yo, not knowing if you’re going to be open, when you’re going to be open,” said Joe Kowalski, founder of Wilderness Tours. “The people that are making these decisions do not have a clue how the real world works.”
Reuters had this take:
Canada, as of this week, has waived quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated citizens. But non-essential foreign travelers are still not allowed to enter despite pressure from the country’s hurting tourism sector.
The United States does not have vaccine requirements for visitors. At this point talks about lifting border restrictions are focused on fully vaccinated travelers, Trudeau said.
“The next step we’ll be looking at what measures we can allow for international travelers who are fully vaccinated,” he said. “We will have more to say in the coming weeks.”
Trudeau has previously said authorities are looking closely at domestic vaccination rates, the spread of variants of concern, and how the rest of the world deals with COVID-19.
Some 78% of people aged 12 years or older in Canada have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, health officials said on Thursday. About 44% of people 12 years or older are fully vaccinated.
Governments in Canada and the United States have faced pressure to reopen the world’s largest land border, which has been shuttered to non-essential travel since March 2020. The current restrictions are in place at least until July 21.