Canada to remove all travel restrictions from October  

Canada will remove all Covid entry restrictions from October 1, including the need to provide proof of vaccination status. 

Canada to remove all travel restrictions from October  

Canada will remove all Covid entry restrictions from October 1, including the need to provide proof of vaccination status. 

The easing of restrictions means travellers will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination, undergo pre- or on-arrival testing, carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation or submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app.

The requirement to wear masks on the plane will also be lifted.

“The end of random testing is very good news for Quebec’s tourism industry,” said Martin Soucy, CEO Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec – Bonjour Québec. “The lifting of restrictions comes at a special time of the year: the beginning of the fall season is a great time to admire magnificent fall colours in the countryside, taste typical local foods, discover hidden gems in Quebec’s cities and towns, and enjoy cultural offerings that are unique in North America. Visiting Quebec is easier than ever and guests can always look forward to a warm welcome in any season and a Bonjour like none other in the world!”

Restrictions are also being lifted for Canadian cruises, with passengers no longer required to have pre-board tests, be vaccinated or use the ArriveCAN app.

The announcement was celebrated across the cruise sector with Seabourn releasing a selection of voyages on both eastern and western Canada in 2023, including voyages to Alaska, and Canada and New England.

Josh Leibowitz, Seabourn’s president, said: “We welcome the decision by Transport Canada that will make it easier for travellers to sail on our Alaska and Canada and New England voyages. These spectacular destinations have so much to offer and are highly coveted areas to visit. We look forward to welcoming our guests on board our ultra-luxury ships and delivering special ‘Seabourn Moments’ when they sail with us.”

Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, added: “This is a win for the cruise industry and for our guests, as we are seeing growing interest for booking 2023 cruises to Alaska and Canada/New England.

“It’s a positive step that puts health protocols for our Canada and Alaska cruises more in line with most of our other global cruises. We thank Transport Canada for taking action that will continue to protect the health of travellers while also making it easier for them to book a cruise that allows us to support the local economy.”

Commenting on behalf of the wider cruise industry, a CLIA spokesperson said: “Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its member cruise lines welcome the decision by the Government of Canada to remove mandatory measures and publish public health guidance. We also view the decision as a testament to the effectiveness of the industry’s comprehensive and robust protocols. 

“We thank all of our members and partners across the wider cruise community for their unwavering support of the industry’s responsible resumption of operations.  This has allowed us to make tremendous progress toward returning 30,000 jobs and more than $4 billion in economic activity generated by the cruise industry across Canada prior to 2020.”

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