Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says air travellers needs to be ready for COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Canada and resort quarantine necessities to return into impact as quickly as Thursday.
“I’d ask individuals to be ready as quickly as Feb. 4,” Alghabra mentioned in an interview on Rosemary Barton Reside on Sunday. “I am unable to inform you if that is precisely when it will begin, however I’d ask individuals to be prepared for it as quickly as doable.”
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced that obligatory PCR testing would quickly be required for individuals returning to Canada, on high of pre-departure take a look at necessities carried out earlier this 12 months.
Travellers will then have to attend as much as three days at a government-approved resort for his or her outcomes, which Trudeau mentioned should be paid by the traveller and will price upwards of $2,000.
As of 11.59 p.m. ET Wednesday, all worldwide passenger, personal and constitution flights — together with from america and different beforehand exempted international locations — might be funnelled via the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports.
Alghabra mentioned post-arrival testing will happen at these airports, earlier than passengers quarantine at a close-by resort. Which means travellers sure for locations outdoors these 4 cities might want to wait for his or her take a look at outcomes earlier than persevering with on to their remaining vacation spot — at which level they may nonetheless have to have a plan for the rest of their 14-day quarantine.
There are “very restricted exceptions” to those guidelines, a information launch from Transport Canada mentioned.
‘We even thought of banning all flights’
Beginning Sunday, Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have additionally agreed to halt service to Mexico and all Caribbean international locations till the tip of April.
When requested by CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton why wider journey restrictions weren’t imposed, Alghabra mentioned the chance had been thought of.
“We thought very exhausting about it and we thought of all choices. We even thought of banning all flights. However that might have had a detrimental affect on our supply of important services to Canada,” the minister mentioned.
“So we wished to guarantee that we do not have a unfavorable affect on different essential points of our society and our financial system…. Nobody reply is ideal, however combining all of those choices collectively provides us a strong plan to guard Canadians.”
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