Statement on June 21 government announcement

While the June 21 federal announcement confirms that it will be easier for Canadians to travel internationally this summer, Canada’s airports are disappointed that the federal government is providing no information on the subsequent phases in its restart plan, leaving Canadians and the travel and tourism sector in the dark on what is planned for the coming weeks and months. Canada’s airports are calling on the federal government to release and quickly implement a multi-phased plan to reopen travel based on recommendations made by the federal government’s medical experts on its Expert Advisory Panel on Testing and Screening, including elimination of hotel quarantine for all travellers, elimination of quarantine for all fully vaccinated travellers, and new measures for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. The restart plan should also include measures to eliminate funneling of international passengers to four airports, moving arrivals testing away from airport terminals, and reducing the two-metre physical distancing requirement.