MIAMI – The “level 4” do-not-travel warning has been lowered by the US State Department for Canada and Mexico to level 3. Since March 2020, borders have been closed for all non-essential travel.

The US government has lowered travel warnings that warn travelers to “reconsider” plans to travel to those countries.

In addition to North American countries, the US has also lowered restrictions to most of Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In a similar notion, Canada is also looking to relax some of its own restrictions for vaccinated visitors.

Air Canada 787-9. Photo: Max Langley/Airways

Post-COVID-19 Recovery

As Coronavirus cases decline, and vaccination rates increase, governments are becoming more comfortable with the idea of allowing non-essential visitors entry into their country. Several Canadians provinces have already developed opening strategies, and are awaiting the federal government to give the go-ahead.

The Canadian government health panel has recommended that the country should end its quarantine policy. The quarantine period of 14 days, which requires the first three days to be spent at a government-authorized facility at the travelers’ expense was reported to be mostly ineffective and costly.

The panel suggested a quarantine period of seven days, with testing for non-vaccinated arriving passengers, and fewer restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers. These restrictions would vary depending upon the risk level of the country the travelers originated from.

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