Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the US lifts COVID testing requirements for entry via air, Canada's COVID vaccination proof requirement remains in effect. One local lawyer believes that requirement may be around for a while.

    Attorney Jaime Fiegel says the US' decision to end COVID testing within 24 hours of a flight is encouraging. "Having this test 24 hours before coming back to the US to be able to board that plane, uploading it to the portals for whatever airline you're with. It's very, very stressful to do that," says Fiegel. She adds it was a big inhibitor for people to be able to go abroad.

    Fiegel says it's interesting the US lifted its COVID testing requirement since Canada has already done so. However, the vaccination requirement is still in place in both countries. "It is required to be vaccinated to come in (to Canada) as a traveler, and the testing procedures are now at random, not something that is required to enter into Canada. For the US the vaccination requirement is still there to for for nationals, which means people who are not US citizens, or permanent residents of the United States," explains Fiegel.

    Fiegel believes both the US and Canada will decide together on whether to end the vaccination requirement to cross the border. "I don't see Canada unilaterally lifting something like that," says Fiegel. She believe Canada will wait until the world gets together and says this is going to be lifted together.

    Another complication is the ArriveCAN app, also required for entry. Fiegel says it's an added task to do before you go. "it would be a lot easier if it was something that it would keep that information on file and you wouldn't have to get a new QR code every time for people who are visitors. Maybe that's something that will come down the line. I'm hoping that it gets rescinded," says Fiegel. She says this reminds her of another earth shattering event. "When we started into this with all these new regulations, the first thing I thought of was when I started my career and 911 occurred, and it changed immigration forever. And it changed security forever," says Fiegel. She thought the extra screening procedures at airports would be temporary, but they've remained since 2001. "These procedures seem to be something that are going to be long term rather than short term solutions as they were originally intended to," notes Fiegel.

    Fiegel anticipates the vaccination requirement to cross the border will remain long term.

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    Do you need to be vaccinated to cross Canada us border?
    ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. It is also required to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption from quarantine and testing. If you don't submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000. more
    Can US citizens cross US Canada border?
    Travellers entering Canada by land, air or water, regardless of citizenship, must meet COVID-19 requirements: Canadians must meet and follow all of the same entry requirements. All travellers must use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada. more
    Can you cross the border to Canada without being vaccinated?
    ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. It is also required to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption from quarantine and testing. If you don't submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000. more
    Do you have to be vaccinated to cross Canada us border?
    COVID-19 Information – Canada. Last updated June 13, 2022 at 8:42am EST. All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. more
    What do I need to cross border into Canada?
    Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to submit a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by land, air or water. Partially and unvaccinated children aged 5 to 11 years of age do not need a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada if they're accompanied by a: fully vaccinated parent. step-parent. more
    Can you cross the US Canada border?
    Currently, Canadian borders are open to all U.S. citizens wishing to enter regardless of vaccination status. However, the requirements for entry will vary based on your vaccination status. more
    Do you have to be vaccinated to cross the border to Canada?
    ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. It is also required to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption from quarantine and testing. If you don't submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000. more
    How do you cross the border into Canada?
    All travellers must use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.Entering Canada for compassionate reasons
    1. Get your pre-entry test result (unless you qualify as fully vaccinated)
    2. Register in advance for your arrival test.
    3. Have a quarantine plan.
    4. Use ArriveCAN to submit your travel details.
    more
    Who can cross US Canada border?
    Travellers entering Canada by land, air or water, regardless of citizenship, must meet COVID-19 requirements: Canadians must meet and follow all of the same entry requirements.If qualified as fully vaccinated:
    • exempt from pre-entry test.
    • exempt from arrival testing.
    • exempt from quarantine and Day-8 test.
    more
    Do you need to be vaccinated to Cross us Canada border?
    COVID-19 Information – Canada. Last updated June 13, 2022 at 8:42am EST. All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. more
    Do you need to be vaccinated to cross the border to Canada?
    ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. It is also required to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption from quarantine and testing. If you don't submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000. more

    Source: www.msn.com

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