A traveller is seen wearing a mask upon arrival at Pearson airport in Toronto, Canada, shortly after the Public Health received notification of the country's first presumptive confirmed case of COVID-19 on Jan 25
Dhaka: The federal government of Canada announced to extend the ban on entry of foreign travellers till the end of July.
In an announcement yesterday, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said that this extension of the border closure would run until 23:59 ET on Tuesday, July 31.
“The CBSA has implemented travel restrictions across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation — land, sea, air and rail. All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism and recreation, is covered by these measures,” a spokesman for CBSA said.
Nobody who is not either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident will be allowed into the country until at least August.
There are some exceptions to this rule. Under the Canadian regulations, only essential workers who are US citizens will be allowed into the country.
Essential workers include healthcare workers and other key workers involved in the fight against COVID-19.
For Canadian citizens, travel is allowed. However, the country will maintain its quarantine rules for everyone coming in, so even Canadian nationals will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
The travel ban and quarantine rules were originally implemented in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but were expected to expire on June 30.
Airlines, both within Canada and from outside, had begun to ramp up operations in the hope that the travel ban would be lifted.
Qatar Airways announced to launch daily flights to Canada from July 4, while WestJet’s July schedule included a number of flights to the US.
Earlier, Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada called the travel ban a “cold shower” on trying to rebuild the aviation industry and had high hopes that the ban would be lifted soon.
However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has remained cautious about opening borders too soon, worried that a second wave of infections would hit the nation.