The Authorities of Canada has released new steps to restrict the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants of the virus into Canada. This new two-pronged strategy incorporates blocking travel to major winter season locations, as well as actively imposing the country’s obligatory quarantine principles. These new measures will function in conjunction with the necessary pre-departure Covid-19 tests and evidence of detrimental benefits required for all air travelers launched in early January of this yr.
To begin with, the Government of Canada declared new rules on international travel. The governing administration and Canada’s airlines have reached an arrangement to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean nations right until at minimum April 30, 2021. The flight constraints come into impact as of January 31, 2021.
“As new variants emerge, now much more than ever, Canadians should really be staying house. For their well being and that of their cherished types, Canadians must only be considering travel if it is certainly necessary. With university breaks all over the corner, I just take this option to remind Canadians that less than no circumstance ought to anyone be preparing travel for leisure,” stated The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of International Affairs.
On top of that, as of midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021, in addition to evidence of a negative pre-departure exam, flights arriving from the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America will now be funnelled into only 4 Canadian airports: Montréal-Trudeau Intercontinental Airport, Toronto Pearson Global Airport, Calgary Global Airport, and Vancouver Intercontinental Airport.
The press launch also goes on to point out (in alternatively ague terms) that “As quickly as achievable in the coming months, all air travellers arriving in Canada, with really minimal exceptions, must reserve a place in a Government of Canada-authorised hotel for three nights at their possess price tag, and consider a COVID-19 molecular examination on arrival at their personal expense. Much more particulars will be offered in the coming days. The Federal government of Canada will introduce a 72-hour pre-arrival tests prerequisite (molecular examination) for travellers looking for entry in land mode, with minimal exceptions these types of as commercial truckers. In addition, we continue to collaborate with partners in the United States to fortify our border actions and hold our countries harmless.”
Furthermore, authorized Screening Officers (licensed beneath the Quarantine Act) will go to all the quarantine areas to “establish call, affirm identification and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada. These new officers will carry out visits in 35 metropolitan areas across the state, starting up in Montréal and Toronto.”
“The security of the travelling community and the transportation field are leading priorities. Our governing administration continues to strongly advise versus non-crucial travel outside the house Canada, and has applied quite a few steps to protect the well being of Canadians in our transportation program. The expansion of the flight constraints is primarily based on decisive, public health rationale from the Community Well being Agency of Canada to further more defend Canadians from the overall health impacts of COVID-19,” explained Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport
Patty Hajdu, Minister of Well being, reported that: “No one particular should really be travelling appropriate now. Every of us has a part in holding our communities safe and sound, and that usually means keeping away from non-critical journey, which can place you, your cherished types, and your group at danger. The new actions announced these days will be an important tool for guarding our communities, and increasing our compliance and enforcement potential will assistance us retain all Canadians harmless from COVID-19.”