Ottawa – From outside the now remarkably familiar Rideau Cottage, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today, Friday, Jan. 29 announced new national travel restrictions.
Beginning this Sunday, Jan. 31, Air Canada, West Jet, Air Transat, and Sunwing have agreed to suspend all flights to “sun destinations” including the Caribbean, and Mexico. The flights will remain suspended until Friday, April 30.
“The government and Canada’s main airlines have agreed to suspend service to sun destinations right away,” said Trudeau.
“Now is just not the time to be flying,” he added.
He also announced that beginning next week, all international flights must land in one of four Canadian airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal.
Trudeau then said that “as soon as possible”, those landing will have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, and will have to stay in a hotel for up to three days at their own expense while they wait for the test results.
A negative result will allow the traveller to continue home, where they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days under “significantly increased surveillance”, and if they have a positive test, they will be quarantined at a designated government facility.
Also in the coming weeks, non-essential travellers to the U.S. will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test at all land borders.
These restrictions come on top of existing conditions which currently require travellers to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding a flight to Canada, and mandatory 14 day self-isolation on returning to Canada.
For more information on COVID-19 in Canada, go to www.canada.ca
To watch Trudeau’s live briefing today, go to the Justin Trudeau Facebook page.