Canada has announced an extension of restrictions on international travel in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus amid an ongoing second wave of the pandemic in the country.
Travel restrictions on US citizens would be extended until 21 December and restrictions on people arriving from other countries would be extended until 21 January 2021.
The restrictions, which were brought forward on March 16, ban most foreign nationals from entering Canada for non-essential travel. All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism, recreation and entertainment, is covered by these measures across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation – land, marine, air and rail.
There are a number of exceptions for immediate family members of citizens, essential workers, seasonal workers, caregivers and international students.
“The government continues to evaluate the travel restrictions and prohibitions as well as the requirement to quarantine or isolate on an ongoing basis to ensure Canadians remain healthy and safe,” the minister said in the statement.
“The ability to align US and international travel extension dates, as well as the mandatory isolation order, beginning on 21 January 2021, will enable the government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travellers.”
c has so far reported a total of 383K+ Covid-19 cases and 12K+ deaths.