Canadians have been told to cancel all travel plans and have been warned new restrictions could be imposed without notice.
“It’s not the time to be travelling abroad. If you had planned to leave the country, please, on behalf of all Canadians, cancel your trip, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau stated. “It’s not worth catching COVID-19 and bringing it back to Canada for a trip down south or elsewhere.”
Trudeau Warns Of New Travel Restrictions
Trudeau stated that new travel restrictions could be imposed without notice.
The Prime Minister sternly warned Canadians that those planning any international travel should cancel it and hinted federal travel rules could change soon.
Possible Ban On International Travel?
The Canadian government has been considering more travel restrictions including a possible ban on international outbound travel.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is “always open to strengthening them as necessary,” reported CTV News. Trudeau was referring to restrictions that could be put into place regarding international travel.
March Break Could See New Travel Restrictions
When asked about increased travel during the upcoming March break, Trudeau stated that the government is already in talks on what measures will be taken.
“We have a constitution that guarantees the freedom to move and return for Canadians, but at the same time, the measures we’ve put in place are not to just discourage travel, these are measures that assure the protection of Canadians,” said Trudeau reported the Daily Hive.
The Prime Minster is also reportedly in talks with the Premiers to see how they could stop those seeking to escape south for a sunny vacation.
Travel Bans Could Happen Without Notice
Although the Canadian constitution of rights guarantees free movement, the Prime Minster warned that that the government has the right to impose penalties on those who endanger the safety of other Canadians.
The Canadian Press reported that Trudeau would not state what additional travel restrictions or bans he was considering.
He did however suggest that travel bans could come at any time – and without warning.
Quebec Premier Supports Complete International Travel Ban
Quebec Premier Francois Legault is in support of a complete ban on non-essential international travel. The Premier stated that Canadians flying south are putting the entire province of Quebec’s health care system at risk and that ‘now is the time to react strongly’.
Canada Already Has Some Of The Strictest Border Restrictions In The World
Canada is no stranger when it comes to strict entry requirements. Canada is currently closed to all non-essential travel and has strict rules for Canadians returning home from abroad.
Canadians must provide proof of a negative covid-19 PCR test before boarding their flight home. Once back in Canada all travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days with strict penalties for those who are caught violating the order.
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