By Paula Newton and Kristina Sgueglia, CNN

(CNN) – Effective Oct. 1, Canada is removing all remaining Covid-19 entry restrictions, including testing, quarantine and isolation requirements, officials said Monday.

“The Government of Canada will not renew the order which expires on September 30 and will therefore remove all border requirements related to Covid-19 for all travelers entering Canada,” said Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos.

“This includes the removal of all federal quarantine and isolation testing requirements as well as the mandatory submission of health information into ArriveCAN,” he said.

Fully vaccinated international travelers have been allowed to enter Canada since September 7, 2021. Unvaccinated citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to enter the country, but must self-quarantine for 14 days.

“This means that from October 1, travelers will no longer be required to undergo health checks for air and rail travel or to wear masks on planes and trains,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister transports.

“Airlines will no longer need to review the vaccination status of foreign nationals, confirm that travelers have submitted required information in ArriveCAN, or ensure compliance with pre-entry testing requirements. “

ArriveCAN is a government-launched mobile app where travelers enter their health information, including their vaccination status. From October 1, it will become optional for those who wish to save time at the airport by uploading customs declaration documents in advance.

“Similar changes will also apply to passengers traveling on cruises,” Alghabra added.

Passengers and crew on board ships will no longer be subject to vaccination requirements or testing before boarding a ship, he said.

While masks will no longer be mandatory on planes and trains, Alghabra said officials are strongly encouraging travelers to wear them.

The two ministers hailed the vaccination rate as one of the main reasons the restrictions could be rolled back. However, ahead of the announcement, officials said the number of cases had recently increased in the country, while sewage tests show local resurgences of the virus in some areas.

While deaths are falling and intensive care levels remain low, the number of people in hospital associated with the virus has been slow to decline, they said.

Officials predict a seasonal increase due to time indoors, but credit high vaccination rates — more than 85% of Canadians have received two doses of the vaccine — for giving the country a different ‘scorecard’ to navigate the virus.

Top image: Travelers check in at Vancouver International Airport, Canada, June 14, 2022. Credit: Liang Sen/Xinua/Getty Images

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