Ottawa is set to announce the elimination of mandatory vaccinations for domestic travel and outbound flights

On Tuesday, the federal government intends to announce the cancellation of COVID-19 vaccination mandates for domestic travel on planes and trains, as well as travel abroad, CBC News learned.

Sources with direct knowledge of the decision told CBC News that the government could reinstate the vaccination requirement if a new variant of the virus emerges. CBC News does not name the sources as they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The travel vaccination obligation is effective October 30, 2021. Because the mandate was phased in, travelers had a grace period of one month when they could provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test instead.

The government is under pressure from opposition parties as well as industry groups to relax some public health measures due to delays and long queues at airports.

When the vaccination mandate went into effect for travel, federal transport minister Omar Algabra said it was to ensure the safety of travelers and industry workers.

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