Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today issued a statement following Canada’s announcement that it will not extend its vaccine mandate requirements and mandatory use of ArriveCAN beyond September 30:

“I am proud to announce that, following my advocacy, Canada will finally drop its vaccine mandate and ArriveCAN app requirements,” Stefanik said. “This is a critical step forward to fully restoring Northern Border travel for our communities and small businesses that rely on this important partnership. Our Northern Border communities have suffered enough from the prolonged closure and restriction to travel, and there is no more reason to delay full restoration of travel. However, even though Joe Biden has admitted that the pandemic is over, he continues to fail to drop the vaccine mandate for travel across the Northern Border into the U.S., failing our Northern Border communities as a result. I will continue to lead the charge to end all vaccine mandates and regulations that impede Northern Border travel, so our North Country communities, tourism, and commerce can be fully restored.”

Beginning on October 1, travelers arriving in Canada are:

  • No longer required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Canada or meet COVID-19 testing, quarantine, or isolation requirements,
  • No longer required to submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app, and
  • No longer required to wear a mask in terminals, ports, and on aircraft.

In August, Stefanik called on the Canadian government to end the required use of the ArriveCAN app that has disrupted Northern Border travel and damaged cross-border tourism and commerce. Stefanik consistently pressed the Biden Administration for a plan to reopen the northern border. Since its successful reopening following her advocacy, Stefanik has been working to end all vaccine requirements and other disruptions to fully restore Northern Border travel.