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Ottawa, July 8 (Reuters)-Foreign tourists not vaccinated with COVID-19 are allowed to enter Canada for a considerable period of time because the government does not want to jeopardize the progress of virus containment. Not done, Justin Trudeau said Thursday.
“For now, I can say that won’t happen for a while,” Trudeau said when asked by reporters when Canada would allow unvaccinated tourists to enter the country.
As of this week, Canada has exempted fully vaccinated citizens from the quarantine requirements. However, despite pressure from the country’s injured tourism sector, non-essential foreign travelers have not yet been admitted.
There are no vaccine requirements for visitors in the United States. At this point, discussions on lifting border restrictions are focused on fully vaccinated travelers, Trudeau said.
“The next step is to consider what steps we can take for fully vaccinated international travelers,” he said. “I have more to say in the coming weeks.”
Trudeau said earlier that authorities are closely watching domestic immunization rates, the growing diversity of concerns, and how other parts of the world treat COVID-19.
Approximately 78% of people over the age of 12 in Canada have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine at least once, health officials said Thursday. About 44% of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.
Governments in Canada and the United States have been under pressure since March 2020 to reopen the world’s largest border, where non-essential travel is banned. The current restrictions are in effect until at least July 21st.
A White House official told Reuters Wednesday that the reopening of the US border to many global tourists still needs more debate.
Report by Julie Gordon in Ottawa; Additional Report by Steve Scheller Edited by Chris Reese and Dan Grebler.