On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canadian airlines are suspending all flights to the Caribbean and Mexico until April 30th.
The Prime Minister also announced all Canadian travellers returning from overseas will have to take a COVID-19 test at the airport when they land and quarantine in a designated hotel for three days at their own expense while they await results. Those with negative test results will be able to then quarantine for the remainder of the mandatory two weeks at home, while those with positive tests will be required to quarantine in designated government facilities. Non-essential travel into Canada by most foreign nationals has been banned since the pandemic first began sweeping across the country last March.
In the coming weeks, non-essential travelers will also have to show a negative test before entry at the land border with the United States. Trudeau has urged Canadians for weeks not to take any non-essential trips outside the country. And he has warned that the federal government could impose restrictions at any time that would make it harder for them to return.
Starting next week, all international passenger flights, including from the U.S., will land at the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports only. The prime minister said as soon as possible the government will be introducing mandatory PCR testing at the airport for people returning to Canada, on top of the pre-boarding test already required.