Industry waits to hear if feds will lift vaccine mandate for domestic, outbound int’l travel

Industry waits to hear if feds will lift vaccine mandate for domestic, outbound int’l travel

TORONTO — An announcement from the federal government – that COVID-19 vaccine mandates will be dropped for domestic travel and outbound international travel – could be coming as early as today.

Government sources have confirmed to news outlets including CBC and The Canadian Press, saying that the vaccine mandate will end June 20.

The update will reportedly apply to domestic travel within Canada, and outbound international travel. The rules for foreign nationals entering Canada will not change, according to the sources.

The news comes just days after the federal government announced the temporary suspension of random COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated passengers arriving at Canada’s airports, at least until June 30.

Reports of delays at the airports have been rampant for months, impacting both departing passengers – due largely to understaffing, especially at security checkpoints – and arriving passengers, sometimes enduring hours-long waits on the tarmac until lineups ease.

This latest change will also end vaccine mandates for federally regulated workers.