Canada will drop the vaccine mandate at the border on September 30

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed with Canada to end the vaccine requirement for people entering the country at the end of September, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Canada, like the United States, requires foreign nationals to be vaccinated when entering the country. In the near future, the mandate is not expected to change in the US.

Unvaccinated international travelers who are allowed to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory arrival tests and a 14-day quarantine.

The official said Trudeau has agreed to allow a cabinet order imposing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border to expire on Sept. 30. The official said earlier this week that the prime minister would have to give the final signature. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Trudeau’s Liberal government is still deciding whether to retain the requirement for passengers to wear face masks on trains and planes.

Unvaccinated professional athletes, such as major league baseball players, could play in Toronto in the playoffs if the Blue Jays were to make the postseason. They are currently not allowed to cross the Canadian border.