Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat flights to the Caribbean and Mexico from Canada will be suspended from Sunday until the end of April.
In addition, starting next week, all international flights with passengers will only be able to land at airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
In addition, returning Canadians will be required to undergo a second drug test upon arrival at one of the designated airports.
Pending the results of the PCR test – up to three days – passengers will have to quarantine themselves in an approved hotel at their own expense, therefore at a cost of more than $ 2,000, the Prime Minister said. . The latter, however, was not able to explain specifically how this amount had been assessed.
Travelers who test negative will be able to complete their quarantine at home and authorities will exercise close surveillance: Trudeau mentioned that federal staff has been doubled “in terms of calls and follow-ups” and that private security companies were hired to monitor these quarantines “more carefully”.
Those who test positive will have to do their quarantine in a public health center to ensure that they do not carry a new variant of the virus.
Canadians who are currently in one of the sun destinations must organize their return, Trudeau warned.
“We take this situation extremely seriously,” said Justin Trudeau, addressing the media this Friday morning, referring to the spread of new variants of the coronavirus. “Less than 2% of COVID cases are linked to returning Canadians,” he said at the outset. “However, even one case is one too many.”
During the press conferences of the provincial government in recent weeks, François Legault had repeatedly asked Justin Trudeau to intervene on the issue of travel, particularly because the spread of the new variants worries more and more the government and public health. of Quebec.
Legault offered two options in Ottawa: ban non-essential travel, or impose a supervised hotel quarantine for Canadians returning from abroad.
To watch the press conference: