Government of Canada warning Canadians to avoid non-essential international travel

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government in Canada is warning Canadians against all non-essential travel outside of Canada and is in talks of considering tightening the Canadian borders to some international travellers. 

In addition the Prime Minister  announced that only a limited number of  inbound flights and International flights will only be permitted to land at a smaller number of airports. Those locations have not yet been announced.  

“We are looking to reduce the number of airports that will accept travellers from overseas in order to be able give the proper resources on all arrivals to ensure we’re doing everything we can to keep Canadians and Canada safe,” he said.  

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam advises Canadians to either “postpone or cancel all non-essential travel outside of Canada” Dr. Tam said the advice is especially important for older adults or people who have underlying medical conditions who are most vulnerable. In addition, Dr. Tam warned that travellers could be subjected to another country’s travel or quarantine restrictions.  

During the news conference today, ministers announced a series of new measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 as follows: 

  • International flights will only be permitted to land at a smaller number of airports
  • A ban on boats and cruise ships carrying more than 500 people from docking at Canadian ports until July 
  • A recommendation that travellers arriving in Canada from international points self-isolate for 14 days

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