Canada is likely to drop vaccine requirements for people entering Canada by the end of September, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Canada, like the United States, requires foreign nationals to be vaccinated when entering the country. It is not yet known whether the US will take a similar step before September 30.
Unvaccinated travelers who are allowed to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory arrival tests and a 14-day quarantine.
The official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would have to give final approval for it, but that the government would likely waive that requirement, as well as end random tests for COVID-19 at airports. Filling out information in the unpopular ArriveCan app will also no longer be necessary.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Unvaccinated professional athletes, such as major league baseball players, will be allowed to play for Toronto in the playoffs if the Blue Jays make the postseason. They are now prohibited from crossing the border into Canada.
When the new leader of the populist Conservatives, Pierre Poilieuve, was announced as the party’s leader in Ottawa this month, he drew the biggest cheers from supporters when he said he would get rid of the ArriveCan program.
Dr. Andrew Morris, an infectious disease specialist at University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and a professor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine, said the vaccine requirement should have been dropped a long time ago.
“Zero benefit to ensure people are vaccinated. This does not eliminate either cases or options,” he said.