While Canada is doing a commendable job at controlling the spread of COVID-19, there are a few cases that are arriving in Canada via international passengers and other travel activities.
The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories and updates if anyone may have been exposed to COVID-19 during recent travel, such as by airplane, cruise ship or train (any public conveyance).
As per the travel advisory, if you have recently returned to Canada, you must quarantine for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada. This is mandatory, whether or not you have symptoms. Refer to the government’s travel restrictions, exemptions and advice for up-to-date information.
The government has also posted a list of 32 international flights that have landed in Canada, with confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks of August. The list includes 18 international flights that landed in Toronto, 2 in Calgary, 8 in Montreal and 4 in Vancouver.
The list of flights landing in Toronto includes Air India flight from Delhi. India has so far reported over 3.6 million COVID-19 cases, and on August 30, India had reported 65,435 new cases. The has reported over 6.2 million cases as of August 30.
On Monday, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding all travellers ahead of the upcoming Labour Day long weekend that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings.
With the travel restrictions still in place, foreign nationals, including United States (U.S.) citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada for any of the following examples of discretionary/optional travel:
- opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home
- sightseeing and hiking
- boating across the border
- fishing or hunting
- visiting friends or partners (outside of spouses or common-law)
- attending a party or celebration
“There have been 127,940 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,117 deaths. 89% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada tested an average of almost 48,000 people daily over the past week with 0.7% testing positive. An average of 435 new cases have been reported daily during the most recent seven days”, stated Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer on August 31.
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