Canada on Wednesday has announced an extension for non-essential international travel until February 21, 2021.
Travellers who have been allowed to Canada despite the ban that has been in force since March must be quarantined for another 14 days.
“We are extending restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada until February 21st, 2021. Our Government will never hesitate to take the strong action needed to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19 while maintaining essential trade with our international partners.,” Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair wrote in a tweet.
COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada
- Air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.
Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation
- Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.
Last week, Blair also announced that the restrictions on U.S. travellers would remain until at least February 21.
The Canada-US border has been closed to non-essential travel since March, and this joint Washington-Ottawa decision has been extended several times.
To protect Canadians from COVID-19, the federal government has also introduced international travel restriction measures since March to restrict travel to Canada. The restrictions prohibit most non-essential or discretionary travel into the country.
Furthermore, Canada had recorded more than 720,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 18,000 deaths as of Wednesday.