July 6, 2022

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Travel: Conservatives want airport restrictions to end

Travel: Conservatives want airport restrictions to end

The Conservatives on Thursday submitted a resolution calling for the end of COVID-19 regulations at airports, questioning “unacceptable” waiting times for passengers due to these restrictions.

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“The Liberal government’s old COVID-19 protocols at airports are causing serious delays, lineups, backlogs and missed connections,” MPs Melissa Lantman and Luke Berthold said in a statement.

According to them, Canadians are subject to “unnecessary protocols”, but the United States and the European Union have largely relaxed their rules.

In particular, they criticized Transport Minister Omar Algabra for not giving them a timetable to return to normalcy, but the queues at airports were getting longer and waiting times for passports to be delivered.

The CEO of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) also apologized on May 2.

“CATSA is currently experiencing an increase in demand for air travel due to the epidemic.

“We understand that seeing long lines at airports is frustrating for Canadians. We are trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible, ”Parliamentary Secretary Annie Koutrakis told the Transport Minister during question time on Thursday.

About 400 people have been recruited and are in training, but working groups have been set up with partners in the aviation sector to try to meet the waiting times, the Liberal MP said.

“Canadians want to travel. There are unprecedented volumes of requests. […] We do our part to ensure that Canadians have access to the documents they need in a timely manner, ”said Kareena Gould, Minister for Family, Children and Social Development.

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According to the Trudeau government, the last time a passport application was sent was in 2006, when the United States imposed a passport on Canadians.

“We are in a period of transition,” he said.Me Gould.

Remember from 1er As of last April, travelers who were fully immunized were no longer required to provide negative COVID-19 test results.

As for the quarantine plan, it is no longer required from April 25, but the ArriveCAN application is still required to enter the country.