Canada has moved one step closer toward removing border restrictions, which have hampered the country's auto industry.
Starting July 5, quarantine requirements will be lifted for travellers fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-authorized vaccine.
A negative COVID-19 test is still required before entry regardless of vaccination status, and travellers must be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before they re-enter Canada.
The federal government had announced border restrictions on nonessential travel in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Quarantine requirements upon return from international travel, including work-related day trips between Ontario and Michigan, have been a major hurdle for executives, experts and skilled workers in Canada’s auto industry.
The change "in and of itself, solves all of our problems when it comes to Canadian nationals who need to travel for business,” Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association President Flavio Volpe said on the June 25 episode of the Automotive News Canada Conversations podcast.