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Canada to Drop COVID-19 Vaccine Border Policy

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OTTAWA (CTV Network) – The federal government plans to drop its COVID-19 vaccine border requirements by the end of September and make the ArriveCan application optional, sources confirmed to CTV News.The government is expected to make this policy change by the end of the month, and the sources indicated the Liberals would also end the outstanding random COVID-19 testing for travelers.The federal government said in late June that existing border restrictions, including showing proof of vaccination to enter the country, would remain in place until at least September 30.

The latest news suggests the federal government may simply choose not to extend these measures any further.Also in June, the government began allowing unvaccinated Canadians to board planes and trains heading to either domestic or international locations, but they were still required to follow the current testing and quarantine requirements upon re-entry from international destinations.

As of that last update to COVID-19 border rules, foreign nationals coming to Canada were still required to be vaccinated in order to enter.It was not immediately clear exactly which vaccination-related rules will change come the end of the month, with an announcement expected in the days ahead.It is also unclear whether the United States will follow suit with Canada.

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