Trudeau announces that proof of vaccination will be required for travel as of October 30

Canadians who wish to travel by plane or train must also act quickly: as of October 30, they will be asked for proof of vaccination. The Trudeau government made the announcement this morning, October 6.

Unvaccinated Canadians will be banned from domestic flights and train travel in Canada – with a few exceptions – as the Trudeau government announced it is prioritising a commitment made just before the federal election was called.

If you are planning to travel in the next few weeks, you need to make an appointment to get vaccinated now,” the Trudeau government announced.

“You will not be able to travel by plane or train in Canada if you are not fully vaccinated,” Trudeau said.

To be considered a “fully vaccinated traveller,” a person must have received two doses of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine – a combination of approved vaccines will also be accepted – with the last dose administered at least 14 days before the day of travel. A “grace period” will allow travellers to present a negative COVID-19 molecular test result in lieu of proof of vaccination until November 30.

The Prime Minister-designate took the opportunity to specify that a vaccine passport for international travel should arrive “in the next few weeks”, and also reiterated his promise to introduce legislation to criminalise threats and harassment against health care workers.

The aim is to anticipate the increased traffic over the holidays and prepare for the winter holidays.