Banging news for all foreign tourists, Canada has finally agreed to lift the ban of not allowing foreign nationals to enter their country, without being vaccinated. This would imply that the strict vaccination rules are over and will come into effect on October 1. It’s great news for the foreign players, especially those reluctant to take the jab.
This would also mean that National Basketball Association, Nationals Hockey League and the Major League Baseball’s players should have no problem getting into Canada this time. However, the freedom comes with restrictions. Foreign nationals will be tested upon arrival for Covid and undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Canada is also putting a stop to random Covid-19 checks in airports, filling information in the ArriveCan app and pre-board tests for cruise ship. “We are able to do this because tens of millions of Canadians rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said.
Canada will no longer require people to wear masks on flights
The Canadian Government has also allowed citizens to exempt wearing face masks in flight as of Saturday, October 1. They still strongly recommend people to wear masks, especially in crowded places. Some say this decision was made due to the co-operation of millions of Canadians who got vaccinated, while others say this decision was taken in light of the delays and difficulties faced by the citizens.
“The removal of border measures has been facilitated by a number of factors, including modelling that indicates that Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4- and BA.5-fuelled wave, Canada’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, as well as the availability and use of vaccine boosters (including new bivalent formulation), rapid tests, and treatments for COVID-19,” the government said in a release.