Faced with the threat posed by the new diversity and severe infection of the novel coronavirus, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday unveiled a new set of Covid-19 restrictions for travelers planning to visit the country – Canada. “The new Covid-19 variant poses a real challenge to Canada,” Prime Minister Trudeau told a news conference. “That is why we must take further action.”
These new restrictions are aimed at reducing the impact of a deadly disease before the next holiday season.
From stopping flights to more popular destinations, and making the Covid PCR testing mandatory upon arrival – Trudeau officials have announced a number of new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
What new travel restrictions to Canada have Prime Minister Trudeau announced?
Prime Minister Trudeau has announced that major airlines in the country – Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat – have suspended all flights to the Caribbean and Mexico from April 30. travel to these regions to plan return flights, ”Trudeau told a news conference on Friday.
In addition, all international flights will be allowed to land in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto from next week onwards. Travelers arriving in the country will also have to take compulsory Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. While waiting for their results, they will have to separate people from a government-approved hotel at their own expense. According to Trudeau, the cost of this is thought to be more than $ 2,000.
“Those with negative test results will be able to lock themselves in the home under close supervision and tightening,” he added. But those diagnosed with the virus, will need to be isolated in a designated government area to ensure that they do not carry “alternatives that may be a concern”.
He also urged Canadians to avoid all forms of travel that are unnecessary. Trudeau said non-essential travelers would have to submit a negative Covid-19 test before entering the international border with the US.
“By taking these difficult steps now, we can look forward to a better time, when we can all plan those holidays,” the Canadian Prime Minister said.
Unnecessary visits to Canada by foreign tourists have been banned since the country began reporting coronavirus cases in March, last year. Previously, anyone who entered the country in important ways had to find time to isolate himself for two weeks. Passengers were required to submit a negative Covid-19 test, taken within three days of departure, before boarding a flight to Canada.
What led to these new frontiers?
Trudeau’s latest announcement follows several weeks in Canadian provinces, where local authorities are urging the Prime Minister and his administration to enact strict travel laws to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
According to the latest figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency, more than 6.3 million tourists who have entered the country since the outbreak did not need to complete the 14-day separation, reports Global News. This figure includes truck drivers and others involved in smuggling goods across the border. A number of these workers go to and from the United States – the world
the country most affected – always.
But during a press conference yesterday, Trudeau noted that only 2 percent of Covid-19 cases in Canada were due to illegal immigrants – which they said was evidence of the country’s strict coronavirus restrictions.
What kind of travel is allowed and also what kind of travel is not allowed?
While tourism has been banned since the epidemic began, tourists have been allowed to travel to Canada to be ‘family reunited’ in some cases. Most travel permits are reserved for Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. Foreign nationals will be allowed to enter only if they are protected workers, who apply for asylum, or if they apply for immigration for other reasons.
While health care workers have strongly advised non-essential travel to the provinces, citizens are allowed to visit many Canadian provinces, with the exception of the Atlantic and Arctic provinces. Here, authorities have banned the entry of people from all over Canada, unless they are traveling for important reasons, such as going to school or work.
To date, Canada has reported more than 7.74 lakh Covid-19 cases and 2.2 lakh deaths.