Unvaccinated people over the age of 12 can no longer board planes and trains in Canada
Unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 will not be able to board a plane or train in Canada after November 30.
According to updated federal government guidelines, this applies to domestic and international flights departing from most airports in Canada. A negative COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative for most people.
“If you tell your airline or train company that you are eligible for boarding, but you do not provide proof of vaccination or a valid COVID-19 test result, you will not be permitted to travel and you may be liable to penalties or fines, ”government officials said on their travel guidelines page.
Air Canada, West Jet, Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer implemented the policy.
As of today, vaccination will be mandatory for travelers who wish to board a plane or train in Canada, with a few exceptions. A valid # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE molecular testing will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination. Learn more: https://t.co/jKxw6HJYJk pic.twitter.com/gHmkPFET3q
– Transport Canada (@Transport_gc) November 30, 2021
The news comes after Canada introduced new border restrictions on November 26 in light of the discovery of Omicron, a worrying new variant.
Other existing public health measures such as masks and mandatory screening remain in place.
The update says the exemptions include travel from remote communities, travel for essential medical services and treatment, and if Canada is not your final destination and just a stopover during your trip. In these cases, a negative COVID-19 test will suffice.
Although the policy was implemented on October 30, the government allowed a short transition period to give people time to get vaccinated. Travelers were allowed to board trains and planes if they presented a valid COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel, instead of providing full proof of vaccination.