Canada to drop COVID vaccine requirement to enter country on Sept 30-source

A sign pointing to a clinic where residents who are over 50 years old and immunocompromised can receive their second booster shots of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in Waterford, Michigan, U.S., April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Emily Elconin

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Canada's federal government will likely drop its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for people entering Canada at the end of the month, a government source said on Tuesday.

The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was "likely" to drop the vaccination requirement on Sept 30. The Globe and Mail newspaper reported the news earlier on Tuesday.

Canada will also drop random coronavirus testing on the same day, and make it optional to use its ArriveCAN app, where travelers have been required to upload their proof of vaccination, the source said.

Canadian airports faced chaos over the summer, with numerous cancellations and delays that some blamed on the country's strict COVID-19 restrictions. read more

Canada's Health Ministry had no immediate comment.

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Reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa and Jyoti Narayan in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin

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