Statement from Gov. Phil Scott on Canada ending border crossing mandates

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement in response to the Canadian government removing all vaccination, ArriveCan, and random COVID-19 testing requirements for border crossings, effective September 30, 2022:

“This is another welcomed development along our northern border with Canada. Removing barriers to cross border travel allows our border communities to return to normal social and economic activity, which is an important part of the connection between our two countries.

“As was made clear during my recent trade mission to Montreal, there is a lot of interest in Vermont as a place to vacation and do business – and this step will also make tourism and businesses travel easier, benefitting Vermont’s economy.

“We hope the United States federal government will soon lift vaccine mandates on the U.S. side of the border, removing the final hurdle to finally returning to pre-pandemic border crossing levels. Our future is bright with our neighbor to the north and we thank the Canadian government for making this change to their border crossing policy.”

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