No more masks as COVID-19 travel restrictions end at Pearson Airport in Mississauga

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Published September 26, 2022 at 10:26 am

Mandatory vaccinations, wearing masks on flights, testing and quarantine of international travellers will end at Pearson Airport in Mississauga starting this Saturday (Oct. 1) after the federal government lifted all COVID-19 border restrictions.

At a news conference this morning (Sept. 26), Ottawa announced that the cabinet order maintaining COVID-19 border measures will not be renewed when it expires on Sept. 30.

That means travellers, including foreign nationals, arriving in Canada via Pearson Airport will no longer have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country.

And face masks, which have become a singular symbol of the pandemic the past two-plus years, will no longer have to be worn on board planes and trains across the country.

Additionally, incoming travellers will no longer be subject to random mandatory COVID-19 tests, and the requirement for unvaccinated Canadians to isolate when they return to the country and the mandatory use of the ArriveCan app will also end this week.

In June, officials in Ottawa said that those border restrictions would all remain in place until at least Sept. 30.

In recent months, some members of the aviation industry, among others, had been calling on Ottawa to scrap the COVID-19 entry restrictions as well as the ArriveCan app.

As of Sept. 30, foreign travellers arriving at Pearson Airport and other Canadian entry points need no longer download and use ArriveCan to produce vaccination documents.
One uncertainty that remains is whether officials in the U.S. will take the same path as the Canadian government. Those who are not American citizens and are travelling to that country must still provide proof of full vaccination.
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