Canada Lifts Travel Warning

People cross the U.S.-Canadian border near a flag made of flowers after Canada opened the border to vaccinated Americans in Blaine, Washington, U.S., August 9, 2021. (REUTERS/David Ryder/File Photo)

Canada has lifted its warning against non-essential international travel, according to The Hill.

The new guidance lifts the restrictions that had been in place March 2020, and government officials credited the  country’s vaccine program.

“The beginnings of the transition away from the more blanket approach really recognizes vaccines are very effective at preventing severe outcome,” Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam said during a press briefing.

Officials in Ottawa, Canada’s most populous province, announced they would aim to lift all coronavirus restrictions by March 2022. This would include masks and proof of vaccine requirements.

Officials will rollback capacity restrictions later this month, in stark contrast to m

“This plan is built for the long term,” Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford said, according to Reuters. “It will guide us safely through the winter and out of this pandemic, while avoiding lockdowns and ensuring we don’t lose the hard-fought gains we have made.”

As of October 16, 82% of Canadians over 12 are fully vaccinated.