Canada avoids mentioning the possibility of opening to tourists who have had a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine

10/7/2021| 14:25

Foreign tourists who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada, and the government of this country still considers the possibility of allowing those who have been vaccinated with full doses to enter.

Canada avoids mentioning the possibility of opening to tourists who have had a full dose of Covid-19 vaccinePhoto: AP

On July 8, noting that the government does not want to destroy progress in efforts to contain the pandemic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: "I can say right now that this (allowing unvaccinated visitors to enter) has not been done”.

At the same time, Mr Trudeau revealed that "The next step we will take is looking at measures to allow international travellers who have been vaccinated" and will announce in "the next few weeks".

The head of the Canadian government earlier said that the country's authorities are closely monitoring the rate of vaccination against Covid-19 in the country, amid growing concern about new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At the same time, the Canadian government is also monitoring how other countries deal with Covid-19. 

This week, Canada eased quarantine measures on entry for Canadians who have been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 vaccine. However, the country still banned entry to international visitors without essential purposes despite pressure from the vulnerable state of the tourism industry.

To date, about 78% of citizens over the age of 12 in Canada have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to health agency Canada. About 44% of the population over the age of 12 has received the full dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 

The governments of Canada and the United States are currently facing pressure to open the land border between the two countries. The world's largest land border has been closed to non-essential travel since March last year. The current restrictions are in place until at least July 21. 

Prime Minister Trudeau said that the US did not request to vaccinate against Covid-19 for tourists. Currently, negotiations to lift border restrictions (between the two countries) are focused on people who have fully vaccinated against Covid-19 vaccines.

Tourism is one of Canada's worst-hit economic sectors in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The statistics agency shows that tourism spending in Canada fell another 2.6% in the first quarter of 2021, after falling 48.8% in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Canada gross domestic product of the tourism industry fell 1.3%, and tourism employment fell in the first quarter of this year. 

According to Canada's CTVNews channel, at the end of June, leading representatives of the Canadian tourism industry expressed concern about the impact of restrictions to prevent Covid-19 on the tourism-based business sector, warned that there will be another summer of losses if the government still imposes restrictive measures on people who are fully vaccinated.

According to Reuters, CTVNews