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Only Fully-Vaccinated Passengers Will Be Allowed on Air and Rail from November 30

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"The Canadian government is planning to make it mandatory for all passengers and staff on federally regulated modes of transportation to be fully vaccinated by the end of the month or until November 30, 2021."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Nov 2, 2021
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The Canadian government is planning to make it mandatory for all passengers and staff on federally regulated modes of transportation to be fully vaccinated by the end of the month or until November 30, 2021.

What Is This Regulation for Passengers?

Unvaccinated travelers will be unable to board unless they present a negative Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before departure. The government has given a 30-day transition period to accommodate travelers who are waiting to get the second dose of their vaccine. However, by November 30, all travelers and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated. Only people who are traveling for emergency purposes or can not take the vaccine due to certain medical conditions will be exempt from this regulation. 

When Will this Regulation Begin?

According to the Canadian government, the first phase of this regulation will begin on October 30. All travelers over the age of 12 will be required to be fully vaccinated to travel from Canadian airports and on trains. 

Who Will Be Affected by this Regulation?

All passengers boarding any domestic or international flights from Canadian airports will be required to be fully vaccinated. This will also include all rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and marine passengers on cruise ships that go on longer than 24-hour trips. 

The government has yet to release more details on how this regulation will accommodate travelers from remote communities to ensure that they can travel for essential services. 

This regulation will also affect the people hired in the transportation industry. All the staff on federally regulated modes of transportation, including air, rail, and marine transportation sectors will be required to implement vaccination policies as of October 30, 2021. 

These policies will apply to workers in airlines, airports, concession and hospitality industries, rail crew, track employees, and marine operators with Canadian vessels with a crew of more than 12 people. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers will not be allowed to work. This regulation will be enforced by Transport Canada through regular inspections. Failure to comply could result in a fine between $5,000 and $250,000 per violation. 

The Canadian government is in the process of developing a proof of vaccination that can be used across Canada, in cooperation with the provinces and territories. This proof of vaccination document is currently not available in digital formats. 

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