After extending the use of the controversial vaccine passport program, the Canadian government has threatened those who do not have a vaccine passport, which reveals someone’s vaccination status for travel, with fines.
Though the government suspended a Covid travel vaccine mandate last month, it has insisted on keeping the more controversial ArriveCAN in use.
International travelers and returning Canadians have to use the ArriveCAN app to submit their contact and travel information and their COVID vaccination status.
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The ArriveCAN website states that all travelers will still be “required to submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) before their arrival in Canada.”
“If you don’t submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000.”
“All travelers still need a valid #ArriveCAN receipt within 72 hours before their arrival to Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada, regardless of vaccination status,” tweeted the Public Health Agency of Canada in the last week.
“Failure to complete your ArriveCAN submission can impact your eligibility exemptions, may result in fines, and creates longer wait times for all arriving at the border.”
The Conservative Party has called for the removal of the app, which has been blamed for delays at Canadian airports and airlines.
“Canadians have dealt with enough chaos at the airports. The Liberals need to listen to the science and end the ArriveCan app,” CPC’s interim leader Candice Bergen wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Despite the complaints from users and the delays, the Canadian government extended the use of ArriveCAN until at least September 30.
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