Canada cross-border vaccine mandate set to take effect Jan. 15

January 14, 2022

Land Line Staff

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Editor’s note: Earlier this week, numerous media outlets received false information that Canada was extending an exemption period for unvaccinated Canadian truckers. The Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Jan. 13 that the information was “provided in error.”

Canada is moving forward with a mandate that will require American truck drivers to be fully vaccinated before crossing into Canada.

In addition – and despite reports to the contrary – the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that goes into effect on Jan. 15, also will apply to Canadian truck drivers. The Public Health Agency of Canada said conflicting information was provided to the media in error. Unvaccinated Canadian truckers may reenter Canada following cross-border trips, but they will need to quarantine and follow certain reentry guidelines. Vaccinated Canadian truckers may reenter Canada following cross-border trips so long as they have submitted their information via ArriveCAN.

Unvaccinated truckers from the United States will not be able to enter Canada after Jan. 15.

The Public Health Agency of Canada originally announced the rule in November.

“After Jan. 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will only be allowed to enter Canada if they meet the criteria for limited exceptions, which apply to certain groups, such as agricultural and food processing workers, marine crew members, those entering on compassionate grounds, new permanent residents, resettling refugees and some children under the age of 18,” the Public Health Agency of Canada wrote in a news release. “Exempt unvaccinated travelers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine and other entry requirements. Nonexempt unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will be prohibited entry into Canada.”

And although Canadian truckers are no longer off the hook from Canada’s rule, the exemption would have likely been short-lived anyway.

The United States also is expected to implement a similar mandate on cross-border truckers beginning Jan. 22. LL

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