International travel to Canada increases as pandemic restrictions are lifted

By Michael Lee

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TORONTO (TVC network) – International travel to Canada continued to increase as COVID-19 restrictions eased, but remains below pre-pandemic levels, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. In March 2022, 148,900 overseas residents arrived in Canada, according to the report. Although this figure is more than five times that of March 2021, it represents less than half or 43% of the number of overseas residents who entered Canada that same month in 2019. US residents made 465,200 trips to Canada in March 2022, almost five times more than in March 2021. However, this represented 31.9% of the 1.5 million trips made in March 2019. Of the total trips made by Americans in March 2022, 310,300 were automobile, of which 42% were same-day returns. The number of European visitors to Canada, meanwhile, rose from 5,600 in March 2021 to 68,800 in March 2022, while visitors from Asia also rose from 12,100 to 33,700. The two were also below March 2019 levels, according to the report. The federal government eased a number of travel restrictions in February, including allowing fully vaccinated travelers to present an antigen test taken one day before a scheduled flight or arrival at a land border crossing, rather than a test More expensive PCR. That month, the federal government also lifted restrictions that limited the number of airports that could receive international flights. Other border measures were relaxed in April, with fully vaccinated travelers no longer required to provide a negative pre-entry COVID-19 test to enter Canada. Canadians returned from 1.3 million trips to the United States in March 2022, more than five times more than in March 2021, although they still accounted for 33.4% of the four million trips made in March 2019. Of the total return trips made by travelers from Canada in March, 775,800 were by automobile and just under half of these were day trips. Round-trip air travel by Canadians rose to 549,300 in March 2022, a sharp increase from 18,900 in March 2021, but 48.3% in March 2019. More Canadians also appeared to be vacationing during March Break, with 685,000 residents returning from overseas visits, up. 48,800 in March 2021, but less than half of the 1.4 million Canadians who returned home in March 2019.

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