International travelers up in May, but below pre-pandemic levels: Statistics Canada

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Americans made nearly 10 times more trips to Canada in May than in May 2021 and for the first time since the onset of COVID-19, that number totaled more than half of trips made in May 2019.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of international travelers the country welcomed in May continued to grow steadily from pandemic lows, but still remained below 2019 levels.

The agency says overseas travelers made 12 times more trips to Canada in May than in the same month last year, but those trips were still less than half the number made in May 2019 .

Americans made nearly 10 times more trips to Canada in May than in May 2021 and for the first time since the onset of COVID-19, that number totaled more than half of trips made in May 2019.

Canadian residents made nearly eight times as many trips home as a result of outbound visits in May, accounting for about 60% of trips taken in May 2019.

The figures cover a period when the federal government allowed partially vaccinated or unvaccinated children between the ages of five and 11 to waive COVID-19 testing before arriving in Canada.

However, May travelers still needed to be fully vaccinated to access air, rail and sea travel.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 22, 2022.

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