Canada extends international travel restrictions

Canada has extended 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.

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Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair announced that travel restrictions on US citizens would be extended until December 21, and curbs on people arriving from other countries would be extended until January 21, 2021.

The restrictions, which were brought forward on March 16, ban most foreign nationals from entering Canada for non-essential travel.

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There are a lot of exceptions for immediate family members of citizens, essential workers, seasonal workers, caregivers and international students.

The latest extension brings the timing of international travel restrictions in alignment with those governing the Canada-US land border.

“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.

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“The ability to align US and international travel extension dates, as well as the mandatory isolation order, beginning on January 21, 2021, will enable the government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travelers.”

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Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam on Sunday reiterated a stark warning she made the previous day, saying the country could see up to 10,000 cases a day in mid-December “if we continue on the current pace” of infection.

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