Canada Will Require a Vaccine Passport for Entry

Canada vaccine passport

Canada is taking steps to require a vaccine passport for entry to the country, according to Health Minister Patty Hajdu. Authorities are also analyzing a plan to develop a vaccine certificate that allows vaccinated Canadians to travel internationally.

Speaking in an interview with CBC Radio, Minister Hajdu said: "Canadians need to be able to have the right kind of certification for international travel because, as we know, Canadians will want to travel internationally, and they will want to make sure they have the right credentials to do that from a vaccination perspective."

Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that vaccination certifications were a part of international travel before the COVID-19 pandemic and are "naturally to be expected when it comes to this pandemic and the coronavirus."

What Canada's Vaccine Passport Entry Plan Looks Like

Hajdu said Canada will likely accelerate its own vaccine passport program by adapting a pre-existing app. "From our perspective we have a bit of a head start in terms of entry into Canada in that we have ArriveCAN, the app that allows for digital proof of testing, for example, now, and a variety of other documents that people have to submit to enter Canada," she said.

According to Hajdu, Canada is working with its G7 allies toward an international consensus on how a system, or multiple systems, would work across governments: "We’ll be working with our international partners to make sure that whatever the world lands on, Canadians will have documents in the appropriate format."

The ArriveCAN app is free to download and use, and was introduced in April 2020 to help travelers comply with border measures. Since late last year, travelers arriving to Canada by land or air are required to submit their information electronically through the app before boarding. Travelers must be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when entering Canada.

Based on a recent Ipsos survey, nearly eight in 10 Canadians (78 percent) agree (including 56 percent who strongly agree) that all travelers entering Canada should be required to have a vaccine passport.

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