U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the Canadian government's decision to remove all COVID-19 border and travel restrictions effective October 1:
“Ottawa is taking the right step by lifting its vaccine and testing requirement to enter Canada, which will give its economy a substantial boost. Washington should follow suit by immediately suspending proof of vaccination for qualified visitors from Canada and other nations, given the wide access to effective Covid boosters and therapies. Canada is the No. 1 source of international travelers to the United States, and we should take every action to accelerate recovery from this vital market.”
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