Psaki says no predictions on timeline for Canada-US border re-opening

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"President Biden formally asked for a border reopening plan immediately after taking office, and so far, Canada has been slow to make any public progress".

The federal government shared Wednesday it is aiming to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to travel outside of the country without quarantining for two weeks as early as July.

They will also be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada and remain in quarantine until that test comes back negative.

Travellers will still need a negative pre-departure PCR test and another test on arrival.

Approved travelers include Canadian citizens and permanent residents, worldwide students and essential workers.

The changes would not apply to tourists, who are still not allowed into the country.

"In our view, the vaccination campaigns in both countries have progressed to the point where it is time to revisit" the restrictions, said the group, which includes both the Canadian and US chambers of commerce, the Business Council of Canada and the USA -based National Retail Federation.

Hajdu said the easing on restrictions will depend on if cases start rising, as well as pending consultations with the various territories and provinces.

If the government is not ready to roll out a sort of vaccine passport by early July, the change around quarantine hotels could still go into effect using some sort of temporary proof of vaccination in the interim, he said.

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The U.S. -Canada border has been closed to non-essential travel for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those coming home are now required to quarantine for 14 days.

Travellers will still have to quarantine at home until a second negative test result is received.

The changes announced by Hajdu on Wednesday will be the first phase.

Canadian airlines have been pushing the federal government to eliminate its quarantine restrictions, rules that Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau previously called "ineffective".

Some 63 percent of eligible Canadians have received a first shot, while 8.5 percent have got a second one.

Canada recorded 600 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, down from a daily high of more than 10,000 cases in April, when public health officials ordered lockdowns in several regions, bringing its total to 1.4 million cases, including nearly 26,000 deaths.

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