Finally, Canada’s anti-science entry rules will be lifted, it’s confirmed. It’s been 3 months since the federal government itself said that the effect of its definition of “fully vaccinated” (2 doses) was no longer sufficient, but they still continued to punish non-vaccinated people as a political decision, not a scientific one.
It’s also been more than 9 months since the World Health Organization’s experts recommended eliminating all travel restrictions. The worst part is not that the government says it follows the science; the worst part is that some people actually believe it…
A federal expert panel report also found that the restrictions have served no purpose at all, to the surprise of no one who has looked at the data and facts objectively, instead of blindly following the government and not being able to think for themselves.
Anyway, Canada is finally getting over all this. Here are the details.
The announced changes
Here’s a summary of what was just announced at the press conference this morning:
- All entry requirements are being lifted for all travelers
- The illogical requirement to wear a mask on a plane is being lifted
- It goes into effect on October 1st at midnight
Let’s take a very brief look at these 3 aspects.
It’s simple, all requirements will be lifted and Canada will join the 90+ countries that have lifted all requirements for all travelers.
To be more specific, here are the requirements that are being eliminated:
- To fill out the useless ArriveCAN app
- To submit to random testing upon entry
- To be vaccinated to enter Canada (obviously only applicable to foreigners)
- To do a pre-entry test for non-vaccinated people
- To do a 14-day quarantine for non-vaccinated people
You can read the basics of how to travel in a pandemic if you haven’t done so yet, the process of finding the only 2 rules to check is still pretty straightforward.
When it comes to masks, finally logic takes over! It’s surprising, but hey! I guess the polls were pointing in that direction, so the (political) science has changed.
Masks will no longer be required on planes, just as they are no longer required in all other indoor spaces which all have worse air quality and a higher risk of transmission than a plane cabin.
The science is clear on this, but there are irrational people who would like to force others to wear masks until 2024 (but only on planes — not in crowded show venues without hyper-efficient ventilation systems like there are on planes).
Almost all of Europe stopped requiring masks on planes months ago, the US did too, of course, and even the extremists in Australia and New Zealand got over it, so… it was more than time.
Implementation of the changes
Finally, nothing changes until October 1st. “The Science™” will change just then, not before. It’s very dangerous this week, but not next week.
I’m flying tonight, I’ll be curious to see if the mask requirement is still enforced as strictly as it was.
I’ll be coming back from New Orleans on October 1st, so I’ll be able to share with you how the entry experience is, even though there’s not much that changes compared to all the other times I’ve shared it with you like in April (which was identical to my most recent experience earlier this month).
By the way, if you (or other travelers you know) are in the Montréal airport on the domestic side this afternoon and want access to airport lounges, let me know!
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It’s finally confirmed: all travel restrictions in Canada will be lifted for all travelers (yes, even the non-vaccinated people) as of October 1st. No more masks on the plane, too!
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