Canada is lifting all COVID-19 travel restrictions as of Oct. 1, according to government officials speaking at a press conference. The country will no longer require travelers to show proof of vaccination or testing or to submit health information via Canada’s ArriveCan app. Omar Alghabra, minister of transport, said the country has always maintained that the extraordinary measures placed at its border were temporary and would be adjusted as the situation changed. Officials said the decision is based on Canada’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates and the availability of new boosters, rapid tests and COVID-19 treatments. The government also said travelers will no longer need to wear masks on planes or trains. Canada currently requires most travelers to be fully vaccinated. In April, a requirement to get tested before arrival was ended. The country reopened its borders to vaccinated Americans in August 2021.

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