Canada extends COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau through April

Canada extends COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau that were due to expire on February 5. A dramatic increase in cases in the country”.

Canadian government announced last December Temporary pre-boarding testing requirements and arrival screening for travelers coming from these regions. This measure he was due to enter into force on January 5th and expire on February 5th.

“At 12:01 am EST on February 4, 2023, Canada will extend these current health measures to travelers arriving on flights from these regions, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. This requirement is expected to be in effect until April 5, 2023 at 12:01 AM EDT. statement February 2.

Ottawa said its decision to extend existing COVID-19 measures was a result of the ongoing “dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in China” since the administration lifted restrictions on border travel from January 8. Another reason for the extension was concerns about the limited epidemiological data made available by the Chinese authorities, which included genome sequencing and Contains data related to potential variants that

Ottawa also discussed the potential impact of China’s reopening on Canada’s health care system, as well as Beijing’s rapid and large-scale reopening after three years of a strict lockdown under a strict “no coronavirus” policy. He said he was also taking into account the response of allies and international organizations to the situation. .

“Despite the data provided by China so far, the continued gap in data availability remains a serious concern,” the government statement said. “Extending these temporary health measures will provide time for new reliable sources of data to become available and allow time for the expected domestic wave in China to subside.”

Many countries around the world have implemented travel restrictions following China’s economic reopening in January. The United States also Pre-flight test requirements From 5 January onwards, it is applicable to all air passengers aged 2 years and above from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Travelers aged 12 and over from Mainland China enter the uk You will be required to undergo a pre-flight test at least two days prior to your scheduled flight and must demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result. This applies to all direct and indirect flights from mainland China and to passengers who have made one or more stops of her in another country or territory before arriving in England, including Hong Kong or Macau.

The Canadian government said border measures will continue to be reassessed as more data and evidence become available.