Following the news of the European Union’s decision to reopen its borders and lift travel bans from certain countries, Canada’s travel ban order which barred entry to travellers who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents has been extended for another month.
The order which was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, has been extended until July 31.
A spokesperson for the Canada Border Services, Rebecca Purdy, said in a statement that the decision to extend the travel ban until July 31 was due to public health reasons.
The order, which was a part of several new measures introduced on March 16 to stop the spread of COVID-19, effectively banned most foreign nationals from entering Canada.
While a few exceptions were made for aircrews, diplomats and international students, the ban would stop all non-essential travel to Canada.
Government officials confirmed this afternoon that Canada will maintain the order that barred all foreign nationals from entering Canada rather than modifying the order to allow for certain countries, which the EU had done today.
The extended ban on foreign travellers entering the country joins other travel orders that have also been extended such as the order which prohibited non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S.
The decision to extend the ban came a day after the European Union had already announced that it has agreed to allow some tourists to enter the EU starting tomorrow.
Of the 15 countries that the EU deemed “safe” for accepting travellers, Canada was also included in the list.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians he understands the frustrations associated with the order however he said that moving too quickly to relax the ban on international travellers could spark a second wave of COVID-19.
“I understand how difficult this is and how frustrating this is for some people, but we know that reopening too quickly or carelessly would lead us to a resurgence that might well force us to go back into lockdown, to shut down the economy once again, and nobody wants that.”
“We are going to be very, very careful about when and how we start reopening international borders,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a briefing on June 22.
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