As on January 29, 2021, Canada has introduced further restrictions on international travel. These measures are for the prevention of further introduction and transmission of the coronavirus, as well as new variants of the virus, into Canada.
The recently announced measures are in addition to the Canadian government’s multi-level approach on COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the official News Release, all flights to and from Mexico and the Caribbean countries have been suspended until April 30, 2021. This suspension of flights is to be in effect as of January 31, 2021.
Effective February 3, 2021 [11:59 PM EST], along with requiring proof of a negative pre-departure test, Transport Canada will be funnelling international commercial passenger flights into 4 Canadian airports.
Chartered flights, private or business flights from all countries will also be required to land at any of the 4 airports in Canada.
Cargo-only flights will remain exempt.
The 4 Canadian airports are –
This has been done as part of the expansion of the existing flight restrictions.
The new restrictions will include commercial passenger flights arriving into Canada from the US, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and Central America. These countries had been exempted from the previous travel restrictions.
Further, in the coming weeks, all air travellers entering Canada – with few exceptions – will be required to –
Additional details expected in the coming days.
According to Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, “We continue to enhance the already very strong border measures that were put in place since March 2020. Today’s announcement further strengthens these measures and will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Failure to provide accurate information is an offence.
Violation of any quarantine or isolation instructions – issued by a quarantine officer or screening officer – when entering Canada is also an offence that could lead to serious penalties, including 6 months in prison and/or CAD 750,000 in fines.
Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada [PHAC] contacts over 6,500 travellers a day through phone calls in order to verify their compliance with the compulsory isolation order.
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