Canada will align policy on ‘vaccine passport’ with international partners: Trudeau

Ottawa – Canada may need international travelers to prove that they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Trudeau said the federal government would align its policy on whether it would require travelers to provide vaccine certification with its international partners.

He said that Canada is now discussing the issue with its partners in Europe, but it depends on each country what are the expectations from the arriving passengers.

“We are watching it very carefully, hoping to make alliances with the allied countries,” he said.

Trudeau said that Canadians can start traveling outside the country again in the summer.

Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the block Quebec, said that he supports the idea of ​​a vaccine passport for international travel.

Blankett said at a news conference, “We must recognize the jurisdiction of every country or region whether or not safe vaccination is there.”

He said that the United States is not prepared to require international travelers to provide proof of vaccination, but it is possible that many of the country’s partners are considering adopting this measure.

Trudeau said that Canada may require US visitors to prove that they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering Canada, regardless of whether the United States would need a Canadian Or not.

“Our responsibility is to do everything necessary to protect Canadians, and we are going to do so even if there is no automatic symmetry with other countries,” Trudeau said.

A recent Ipsos survey by the World Economic Forum found that nearly 75 percent of adults in 28 countries believe that travelers must require a COVID-19 vaccine passport to enter their home country and that it can help secure travel and large events. Will work

The survey was conducted online among more than 21,000 adults, 1,000 of whom were in Canada, between March 26 and April 9, and the survey cannot be assigned a margin of error because web surveys are not considered random samples.

It was found that there is strong support in Canada for travelers and the use of vaccine passports for major events, but Canadians are skeptical about the passport’s role in day-to-day life.

Sixty percent of Canadians say that only those who have been vaccinated should be allowed to do things that involve a large group of people, such as public transit, flying or participating in cultural and sporting events, The survey found.

Thirty-eight percent agree that all travelers entering Canada are required to have a vaccine passport.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 4, 2021.


The story was produced with the financial support of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.


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