Canada’s principal airways have agreed to cancel service to the Caribbean and Mexico and the federal authorities is introducing new necessary quarantine guidelines because it tries to discourage worldwide journey.
This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have agreed to droop service to some solar locations beginning this Sunday till April 30, and will probably be making preparations with their prospects who’re in these areas now to prepare flights residence.
“With the challenges we at present face with COVID-19, each right here at residence and overseas, all of us agree that now’s simply not the time to be flying,” mentioned Trudeau exterior his residence at Rideau Cottage.
Beginning subsequent week, all worldwide passenger flights, together with from the U.S., will land on the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports.
The prime minister mentioned as quickly as potential the federal government will probably be introducing necessary PCR testing on the airport for folks returning to Canada, on high of the pre-boarding take a look at already required.
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Travellers will then have to attend as much as three days at an accepted resort for his or her take a look at outcomes, at their very own expense, which Trudeau mentioned is anticipated to be greater than $2,000.
These with a detrimental take a look at will then be capable to end their 14-day quarantine at residence, with elevated surveillance.
“By setting up these robust measures now, we will stay up for a greater time, once we can plan these holidays,” mentioned Trudeau.
He additionally mentioned that, within the coming weeks, Canada will start requiring non-essential travellers to point out a detrimental take a look at earlier than entry on the land border with the U.S.
“We’re working to face up extra testing necessities for land journey,” Trudeau mentioned.
Friday’s transfer follows weeks of mounting political strain on the federal authorities to tighten up border journey.
Canada’s transfer will not be with out precedent. Australia has been requiring most travellers to quarantine at a government-arranged resort for 14 days for $2,800 AUD per grownup and $4,620 AUD for a household of 4.
The U.Ok. launched comparable measures on Thursday and now requires residents arriving from dozens of high-risk international locations to quarantine in motels for 10 days at their very own expense.
Canada has had a ban on non-essential journey into the nation by anybody who is not a citizen or everlasting resident since March, however banning the move of Canadians in and overseas is a thornier activity.
Individuals who return from overseas for non-essential causes should quarantine for 2 weeks, or danger hefty monetary penalties or jail time — a measure that is additionally been in place since March.
As of earlier this month, most travellers should additionally present proof of a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at earlier than arriving in Canada.