Canada-US border restrictions, extension of hotel quarantine

Ottawa — Canada and the United States extended border closures for non-critical travelers on Tuesday, and passengers arriving in Canada will continue to be tested for COVID-19 before the hotel’s quarantine period. , Authorities said.

The border restrictions imposed in March 2020 have been extended until May 21st. It is currently in force for 13 months and is updated monthly. Mexico said late Monday that it also maintained some of its border curbs.

“We have engaged in discussions with Canada and Mexico on relaxing restrictions as health improves,” the US Department of Homeland Security said.

This restriction has hit many border areas and businesses. Many US lawmakers want to relax restrictions or set a roadmap for resuming normalized travel.

However, Canada lags behind the United States in vaccination against the coronavirus, and many countries are now fighting a fierce third wave of pandemics with school and business closures.

Canada’s mandatory three-day hotel quarantine after airport testing, which was introduced as a temporary measure to discourage spring break trips, was also extended on May 21, health officials said.

In February, Canada began testing and demanding the arrival of Air China to pay for the three-day hotel quarantine, a measure criticized by pandemic-squeezed airlines. More flight restrictions may come.

“We continue to consider more (countermeasures),” Justin Trudeau said at a news conference. “I asked the authorities to carefully examine, for example, what the UK has done most recently regarding suspending flights from India.”

Quebec Prime Minister François Legor also expressed concern on Tuesday about international flights from India and Brazil, two of the world’s worst hotspots for coronavirus.

Air travelers to Canada must take the test again within 3 days of departure and upon arrival. If the airport text returns negative, you can complete the 14-day quarantine at home.

However, according to data obtained by Reuters, more than 1,000 (1.5%) of passengers arriving between February 22nd and March 25th were COVID-19 positive, with significant restrictions before the summer travel season. I am questioning that it has been alleviated.

Steve Scheller