Canada may require international travellers to prove they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Trudeau said the federal government will align its policy on whether it will require travellers to provide a vaccine certification with its international allies.
He said Canada is now discussing the issue with its partners in Europe, but it's up to each country to determine what requirements are expected from incoming travellers.
"We are looking very carefully at it, hoping to align with allied countries," he said.
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet said he supports the idea of a vaccine passport for international travel. "We should recognize the jurisdiction of every country or territory to define what is a safe vaccination or not. And then allow the circulation of people who carry proof of that," Blanchet told a news conference.
Il y a déjà plusieurs contrôles aux frontières parce qu'il s'agit de changements de juridictions, règles et pays. Cette sécurité semble légitime et est considérée par de nombreux pays.— Yves-F. Blanchet 🎗⚜️ (@yfblanchet) May 3, 2021
Le "passeport vaccinal" à l'intérieur d'un territoire est plus délicat.https://t.co/JQmvmGfK2q
Trudeau said Canadians could begin travelling outside the country again by summer.