Air Canada and WestJet say they will require proof from anyone boarding in Canada Unvaccinated travelers over 12 years of age will not be able to board passenger planes or trains in Canada as of today and consider.
A negative COVID19 test should no longer be considered a substitute for most people. The policy goes into effect on October 30, but the federal government allows a short transition period for unvaccinated travelers to be able to board provided they provide molecular testing.
A negative COVID19 was made within 72 hours of travel. The new stringent requirement comes into effect as Canada responds to the emergence of a new, highly mutated omicron variant of the coronavirus. The discovery of the new variant has led to border closures and tighter controls in Canada and abroad for fear that it will no longer be transmitted.
The risk from the omicron variation is very high, according to the World Health Organization, but still a lot of public health officials and scientists don’t know it.
Although anyone entering Canada or boarding a plane or cruise within the country is required to be vaccinated, there are currently no quarantine measures in place, except for those recently transiting through southern Africa.
While many airlines have so far implemented random spot checks to ensure travelers are vaccinated, Air Canada and West Jet have confirmed that they will require proof from everyone boarding flying in Canada from today.
Other measures, such as masks and health checks, will always be mandatory.
“If you tell your airline or train company that you are eligible to board, but do not provide proof of vaccinations or a valid COVID19 test result, you will not be allowed to travel and you may face penalties or fines,” the government said.
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