Trudeau announces stricter restrictions on travellers


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced stricter restrictions on travelers in response to new and more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus — including making it mandatory for travelers to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense when they arrive in Canada and suspending airline service to Mexico and all Caribbean destinations until April 30.

Travelers will then have to wait for up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2000,” Trudeau said.

“Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine at home under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement.”

Trudeau unveiled also that Canada’s main airlines have agreed to cancel service to the Caribbean and Mexico and the federal government is introducing new mandatory quarantine rules as they try to discourage international travel.

“Canada’s air carriers are stepping up to protect Canadians,” said Trudeau. “The government and Canada’s main airlines have agreed to suspend service to sun destinations right away.”

Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat are cancelling service to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting Jan. 31 and up until April 30. Those airlines are making arrangements with customers currently in those regions to organize their return flights


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