Canada announced extension of International Travel restrictions

Vastavam web: Canada has announced an extension of restrictions on international travel in an effort to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus amid an ongoing second wave of the pandemic in the country. In a statement issued on Sunday, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced that travel restrictions on US citizens would be extended until December 21, and curbs on people arriving from other countries would be extended until January 21, 2021, Xinhua news agency reported.

The latest extension brings the timing of international travel restrictions in alignment with those governing the Canada-US land border. Previously, international restrictions expired on the last day of each month while the Canada-US border restrictions expired on the 21st. “The government continues to evaluate the travel restrictions and prohibitions as well as the requirement to quarantine or isolate on an ongoing basis to ensure Canadians remain healthy and safe,” the minister said in the statement.

“The ability to align US and international travel extension dates, as well as the mandatory isolation order, beginning on January 21, 2021, will enable the government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travellers.” Canada has so far reported a total of 3,70,278 Covid-19 cases and 12,032 deaths.