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Canadians could begin travelling outside country by summer: Trudeau

The prime minister says Canada may require international travellers to prove they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the country. 
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is offering a little more clarity on the notion of a vaccine passport for international travel. 

Trudeau says Canada may require international travellers to prove they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the country. 

Speaking at a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday, Trudeau says the federal government will align its policy on whether it will require travellers to provide a vaccine certification with its international allies.   

He says Canada is now discussing the issue with its partners in Europe, but it's up to each country to determine what requirements are expected from incoming travellers. 

"As people start to travel again, perhaps this summer if everything goes well, it would make sense for us to align with partners around the world on some sort of proof of vaccination or vaccine certification,” said Trudeau.

Trudeau says Canadians could begin travelling outside the country again by summer.  

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet says he supports the idea of a vaccine passport for international travel. He says countries should work toward a common definition of safe inoculation, and then allow international travel by passengers with proper certification.

Talks of implementing a form or proof of vaccination have been long discussed across the country and its many provinces.

-- with files from Lucas Casaletto

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