Ottawa set to announce an end to vaccine mandates for domestic travel, outbound flights

The federal government is set to announce an end to vaccine mandates for domestic travel on planes and trains, as well as outbound international travel, CBC News has learned.

Mandates have been in effect since Oct. 30, 2021.

The federal government is set to announce an end to the COVID-19 vaccine mandates Tuesday for domestic travel on planes and trains, as well as outbound international travel, CBC News has learned.

Sources with direct knowledge of the decision told CBC News that the government may reinstate the vaccine requirement if there's a new variant of the virus. CBC News is not naming the sources, because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue

The vaccine mandates for travel have been in effect since Oct. 30, 2021. As the mandate was phased in, travellers had a one-month grace period where they could instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The government has been under pressure from the opposition parties as well as industry organizations to relax some public health measures in response to delays and long lineups at airports.

When the vaccine mandate came into effect for travel, federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said it was to keep travellers and employees in the industry safe.

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