Travel to Canada is increasing as restrictions on COVID: StatCan are lifted

International travel to Canada continued to increase as restrictions on COVID-19 eased, but remained below pre-pandemic levels, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Tuesday.

In March 2022, 148,900 foreigners arrived in Canada, the report said.

Although that number is more than five times higher than in March 2021, it is less than half or 43 percent of the number of overseas residents who entered Canada in the same month in 2019.

U.S. residents made 465,200 trips to Canada in March 2022, almost five times as many as in March 2021. However, this was 31.9 percent of the 1.5 million trips made in March 2019.

Of the total trips made by Americans in March 2022, 310,300 were by car, with 42% being overnight returns.

The number of European visitors to Canada, meanwhile, jumped to 68,800 in March 2022 from 5,600 in March 2021, while visitors from Asia also rose to 33,700 from 12,100. Both were also below March 2019 levels, the report said.

The federal government eased some travel restrictions in February, including allowing fully vaccinated travelers to take an antigen test the day before a scheduled flight or arrival at a land border crossing instead of a more expensive PC test.

That month, the federal government also lifted restrictions limiting the number of airports that could accept international flights.

More border measures were relaxed in April, with fully vaccinated travelers no longer required to take a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry to enter Canada.

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Canadians returned from 1.3 million trips to the United States in March 2022, more than five times more than in March 2021, although it is still 33.4 percent 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 car and just under half of them were same-day trips.

The number of return flights from Canada increased to 549,300 in March 2022, a sharp increase from 18,900 in March 2021 but 48.3 percent in March 2019.

More Canadians also appeared to be vacationing in the March holidays, with 685,000 residents returning from overseas visits, up from 48,800 in March 2021, but less than half of the 1.4 million Canadians who flew home in March 2019.

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