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Vaccine Passport under consideration by the Canadian Government to make travel easy

The Government of Canada is collaborating with states, territories, and native communities to develop pan-Canadian evidence of vaccine certificate. The credential is expected to be ready early this fall, according to the federal government. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino stated at a media briefing that the credential’s goal is to make it smoother for Canadians to travel safely. The certificate (also known as a “vaccine passport”) will contain the bearer’s vaccine record, vaccine type, date of immunization, and vaccination location, among other details. This certificate will make it easier for Canadians to travel. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents will be able to obtain the credential.

The scenario of COVID-19 in Canada

The COVID-19 situation in Canada has considerably improved in recent months, resulting in fewer curbs for both Canadians and foreign citizens. As case numbers have dropped and inoculation rates have risen, provinces across Canada have relaxed social distancing and various other quarantine measures. The reopening of Canada’s economy and society has resulted in more robust job recovery. Over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported per day in Canada in past days. This is concerning, as the country’s daily levels dropped below 400 in July. Simultaneously, its progress compared to April when over 9,000 daily cases were reported by Canada.  The decrease in overall cases corresponds to an increase in vaccinations. Over 80% of Canadians aged 12 and up have got at least one vaccine dose, and approximately 70% have been fully vaccinated. As a result, according to Mendicino, Canada has the maximum vaccination rate among G20 countries. The strengthened pandemic perspective in Canada has led the media to speculate that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will call for an election in the next week or so to form a new majority government.

The majority of Canada’s travel prohibitions have been gradually loosened, including those in late June and earlier this week, with more constraints to be removed in September. Canada announced in late June that as long as their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) is legitimate, all COPR holders are eligible to complete their immigration landing. Canada began welcoming fully-jabbed American tourists earlier this week. Starting September 7, Canada is expected to open borders for fully vaccinated tourists from all nations.

Some constraints, on the other hand, remain unchanged. The ban on flights from India has been stretched by the Government of Canada till September 21.

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