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Unvaccinated Canadian truckers allowed to re-enter Canada

New details have emerged about Canada's cross-border vaccine rules for Canadian truck drivers that are set to go into effect on Saturday. Officials now say they will not be imposing testing or quarantine requirements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Canadian truckers at the U.S. border, according to CTV News. American truckers who are not vaccinated will still be prohibited from crossing into Canada.

Canada plans to begin denying unvaccinated American truck drivers entry after Jan.

15. The Public Health Agency of Canada originally announced the rule in November. "After Jan.

15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will only be allowed to enter Canada if they meet the criteria for limited exceptions, which apply to certain groups, such as agricultural and food processing workers, marine crew members, those entering on compassionate grounds, new permanent residents, resettling refugees and some children under the age of 18," the Public Health Agency of Canada wrote in a news release. "Exempt unvaccinated travelers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine, and other entry requirements. Nonexempt unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will be prohibited entry into Canada." And Canadian truckers may not be off the hook for long.

The United States also is expected to implement a similar mandate on cross-border truckers beginning Jan.

22. Since the announcement, there has been considerable pushback against the rule. The Canadian Trucking Alliance said that "hasty implementation could spell even more trouble for the North American supply chain." In December, Sen.

Steve Daines, R-Mont., and 13 other senators wrote to President Joe Biden asking for the United States and Canada to establish a reciprocal policy for cross-border truckers that does not include a vaccine mandate.

However, Reuters reported on Jan.

9 that Canada plans to move forward with its mandate.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance claimed in a statement that the mandate could force the loss of 12,000 to 16,000 cross-border truck drivers. LL