Canada closes borders to international travelers

There are now about 375 presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada.

 

 

The federal government is closing international borders to anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

In an address to the Nation Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said any other travelers will not be allowed into the country with the exception of air crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and at this time, US citizens.

Airlines will also ban travellers who are presenting symptoms of COVID-19.

Starting Wednesday, Calgary will be one of only four airports in Canada that will continue to accept international flights, along with Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.   Trudeau says if you are abroad “it’s time to come home.” 

The Government is establishing a fund to help people who are finding it financially difficult to arrange travel home in the face of soaring ticket prices.  Travellers still must isolate themselves for 14 days after they arrive.

Some of the Canadian border measures include:

  • Enhanced officer presence at major points of entry to carry out public health screening and public health outreach by observing arriving travellers and making sure they're aware of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidelines. CBSA officers will approach any traveller displaying signs of illness for further questioning and will distribute PHAC pamphlets to raise more awareness about COVID-19. 
  • Instructional handouts will be given to all travellers arriving in Canada advising them to self-isolate at home for 14 days, monitor themselves for symptoms and to contact public health authorities if they develop symptoms.
  • Increased signage will be displayed at all ports of entry for travellers to see throughout processing so travellers understand the importance of monitoring their health and contacting their provincial health authorities if they become ill.
  • Travellers will be asked to fill out a PHAC coronavirus form, which will help health authorities monitor and track people who have been identified as a potential concern.
  • Mask kits will be given to travellers "of concern," which includes a surgical mask and a one-page instruction on how to use the mask.  

 

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