Citing the situation of COVID-19 variants identified from other countries, Prime Minister Trudeau strongly advised Canadians not to travel as federal travel rules can change very quickly.
The prime minister urged anyone who booked trips to cancel, saying a vacation is not worth it given the uncertainty and chance of either contracting the virus or ending up stranded abroad.
He said the federal government is monitoring the latest scientific research on more contagious coronavirus strains, such as the strains from the UK and Brazil, and that officials could impose new restrictions without informing them. forewarned.
The government continues to advise against any non-essential travel, though that decision is left up to Canadians and no outright ban is in place.
Meanwhile, Canadian airlines and travel agencies continue to offer holiday packages and flight deals to warm destinations.
Recognizing that everyone has the right to travel, Trudeau said the government also has the ability to impose penalties for behaviors that endanger the health of others.
Canada has had restrictions on international tourists entering the country since mid-March 2020, as well as a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for anyone returning from an international location.
Violating any of Canada’s international travel screening and self-isolation requirements can result in charges under the Quarantine Act, with maximum penalties of up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $75,000.
On Tuesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said he’s troubled by seeing people come back from trips abroad with COVID-19, and is calling on the federal government to outright ban non-essential travel.
According to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, in Canada there have been 23 confirmed cases of the variant first reported in the U.K., and two cases of the South African strain. Further, the Public Health Agency of Canada is reporting nearly 200 recent international flights that have landed in Canada with at least one COVID-19 positive passenger aboard.
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