Canada Announces New Restrictions For Travelers


Canadian government declared new covid-19 efforts for incoming travelers. The declaration was made by Canada’s Prime Minister and comes after various weeks of pressure from different Canadian provinces to execute harder travel restrictions.

WestJet, Air Canada, Sunwing, and Air Transat are suspending all flights to “sun” destinations as the Caribbean impactful Sunday, January 31. The efforts will be in force until April 30. Trudeau appreciated the leadership of these airlines by collaborating concertedly with the federal government to execute this measure.

From next week, international flights can only land in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and Toronto. Upon arrival, all the incoming travelers will need to take covid-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test and will need to remain in a hotel specified by the federal government for about three days at their own cost. 

The approximate cost of this to travelers is about $2,000 Cad. If the test result is negative, then the travelers will need to quarantine at home for a total period of 14 days (eleven days at home and three days at the hotel). All the travelers with positive test results will need to stay at a particular government facility.

Thirdly, Trudeau proclaimed that all travelers arriving in Canada from the U.S. land border will be required to be tested on arrival and show a negative test.

Recently, international travelers to Canada have become more of an interest, in light of the recent emergence of more infectious coronavirus variants, specifically in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.

The new limitations will be put into effect to reduce travel to save the health of Canadians, mainly during the nearing spring break.

In the last few days, the Canadian Prime Minister has asked Canadians to abolish any future unnecessary travel. 

Travel to Canada from the U.S. and other states has been governed since March and is subject to monthly expansions. The existing forbids on foreign and U.S. insignificant travel are in force until February 21, 2021.

Many people are free from these travel restrictions,i.e. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, specific temporary foreign workers and international students, or instant and prolonged family members of Canadians, among others.

Canada also needs every international air traveler aged up to five or older to give proof of a negative coronavirus PCR test done within 72 hours of departure for Canada.

Moreover, all the travelers coming to Canada need to encounter a 14-day quarantine period.

Various Canadian provinces continue to demonstrate a promising decrease in the number of new cases and hospitalizations. 

During recent press conferences, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirmed that vaccines will arrive even though the threat of protectionist steps by the European Union to restrict the export of doses abroad and existing manufacturing delays. He confirmed that the Canadian government is on the beam to guarantee everyone in the state will be able to get coronavirus vaccination by September.

Trudeau also stated that in Canada research shows only 2% of COVID-19 cases because of incoming travelers, which is proof of the efficiency of travel limitations.

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