Restrictions on International Travel, the Government of Canada to take strict measures

The Government of Canada to take strict measures on International travel
The Government of Canada to take strict measures on International travel

The Government of Canada has nowadays become very particular regarding the escalating cases of COVID-19,which is in fact posing a threat to the lives of the Canadians. As a result of this they have been coming up with new policies and inventive technologies to curb the attack of the coronavirus. Of late the Government of Canada had introduced Innovative Mobile Health Units with an aim to assist Ontario with COVID-19 cases. An innovative measure indeed!

Now the Canadian Government is off to yet another mission. They have decided to take stringent measures to regulate international travel. In accordance with this the Government of Canada has come up with restrictive policies to ensure a safety and healthy journey of the Canadians across nations.

The Honorable Minister of Health, Mr. Patty Hajdu, requested the Canadians to co-operative with the Government till the policies are literally made into action. Instructions came from the Government to avoid non-essential travel, as it may put the communities to risk.

The government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021. This will be in effect as of January 31, 2021.

The Government of Canada revised rules for International Travel

“The safety of the travelling public and the transportation industry are top priorities. Our government continues to strongly advise against non-essential travel outside Canada, and has implemented many measures to protect the health of Canadians in our transportation system. The expansion of the flight restrictions is based on decisive, public health rationale from the Public Health Agency of Canada to further protect Canadians from the health impacts of COVID-19,” said Omar Alghabra, the Honorable Minister of Transport in a recently held press conference.

In addition to proof of a negative pre-departure test, Transport Canada will expand the existing international flight restrictions and commercial passenger flights into four Canadian airports: Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. This policy shall be put into practice from February 3rd onward.

Moreover, the Government of Canada will introduce a 72-hour pre-arrival testing requirement (molecular test) for travellers seeking entry in land mode, with limited exceptions such as commercial truckers. In addition, we continue to collaborate with partners in the United States to strengthen our border measures and keep our countries safe.

Apart from all these, recently, the Government of Canada joined hands with the Public Health Agency to devise new measures to monitor COVID-19, which has in fact made a massive effect in controlling the upsurge of the coronavirus to a considerable extent.