After a long, long wait, Canada finally reopened its borders to visitors from the U.S. in early August. Then, in early September, they began allowing visitors from many other countries to enter.
All international visitors have been required to meet a series of requirements as well as present proof of vaccination and a negative PCR COVID-19 test. As long as you followed the government’s rules, you’ve been able to drive in from any border. But if you entered the country via plane, you’ve been limited to only ten Canadian airports:
- Halifax Stanfield International
- Québec City Jean Lesage International
- Montréal-Trudeau International
- Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International
- Toronto Pearson International
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International
- Edmonton International
- Calgary International
- Vancouver International
That’s a good start but Canada is a huge country, taking up about 3.8 million square miles. Granted, not all of it is inhabited, but if you live in, say, St. Johns (Newfoundland), you’d have to drive 674 miles (1907 km) to get to/from Halifax Stanfield International.
The Canadian government is well aware that getting more of the country’s 500 or so airports open is a priority. Fortunately, they’ve recently decided that it’s safe enough to open 8 more, for a total of 18.
On November 30th, the following international airports will reopen:
- Waterloo International Airport
- St. John’s International
- John C. Munro Hamilton International
- Regina International
- Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
- Kelowna International
- Abbotsford International
- Victoria International
“Increased vaccination levels have allowed us to safely re-open these additional Canadian airports to international passenger flights,” said Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. “This measure will help ensure that travelers are able to access more regional airports for their international travels this winter, while continuing to support the Government of Canada’s measured approach to re-opening our border.”
Alghabra continued that the government will consider opening additional airports as conditions dictate, based on demand, operational capacity, the epidemiological situation in Canada, and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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