Coronavirus: Canada extends international travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine until September 30 – National


Canada is once again extending emergency orders that place restrictions on international travel and mandate 14-day quarantines for anyone entering the country during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Orders will be extended for at least a month, the government said.”Our government is extending the existing restrictions on international travel to Canada by one month – until September 30, 2020 – to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said the Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair in a tweet sent on Friday. afternoon.

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“Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to Canada will continue to be subject to strict quarantine measures.

Current restrictions prohibit all non-essential or discretionary travel to Canada from countries other than the United States. This includes all leisure travel, such as vacation and entertainment travel, for non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

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Canadians who choose to travel abroad, including to the United States, will need to self-isolate upon return. Essential workers, including medical professionals, airline crews and commercial truckers will continue to be exempt from quarantine measures.

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Certain immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents will also be permitted to enter Canada by air if exempt.

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Friday’s announcement also does not affect the Canada-U.S. Land border, which remains closed to all non-essential travel until September 21.

Increase in international air travel

Despite ongoing travel restrictions, the number of international travelers arriving in Canada by air has increased dramatically since the early months of the pandemic.

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As Global News reported, the number of international passengers arriving at Canadian airports increased from about 15,000 per week in late April to 45,000 per week in early July.

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The most recent statistics, provided by the Canada Border Services Agency, show that approximately 60,000 international passengers arrived in Canada each week in August. This includes travelers on flights from the United States

Collin Furness, epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto, expressed concern about the growing number of international travelers coming to Canada. He believes the government has not done enough to restrict non-essential travel and to clearly define what “essential” travel means.

Risks of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel

Risks of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel

The government, meanwhile, says it is up to individuals to determine what non-essential travel means “based on family or business needs, knowledge of a country or region and other factors ”.

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And while experts like Furness have warned of increasing non-essential travel, Canadian airlines have pressed the government to reduce restrictions and ease quarantine measures.

Mike McNaney, president of the National Airlines Council of Canada, told Global News on Aug. 14 that he believes Canada should start taking a “risk-based approach” to reopening the border, rather than prohibiting globally international travel.

McNaney said other countries, including members of the European Union, have started easing restrictions for countries deemed safe and with protocols in place to track and monitor any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

“We believe the time has come here in Canada for the federal government to also consider this very targeted and specific approach,” said McNaney.

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