Canada introduces new travel bans in response to Omicron Variant

What travel bans are implied in Canada regarding Omicron Variant?

The Canadian government has extended the ban just two days after imposing a flight ban from the southern African region, including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. 

The government has also announced further strict border measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 and its variants, such as Omicron, entering Canada. 

“We are taking swift action at our borders to reduce travel-related imports of the Omicron variant. While our tracking systems are working well, we know that the Omicron variant is present in Canada.    

We must remain vigilant in our actions. Vaccinations and simple public health measures like wearing masks and limiting the number of people we interact with the slow transmission reduce hospitalizations and deaths and protect our healthcare systems from being overwhelmed. We must all continue to do our part to protect all people in Canada,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said.   

According to a government press release, “On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization classified B.1.1.529 as a worrying variant called Omicron. Since then, it has been found in several countries, including Multiple confirmed cases involving travel to Canada.    

That is why today, the Minister of Health, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Algebra, and the Honorable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Security, announced further border measures to reduce the risk of importation and transmission of the virus. Covid-19 and its variants in Canada related to international travel. 

“Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those with status under the Indian Act are still allowed into the country. On December 15, Canada issued a warning to its citizens to avoid non-essential international travel. Last week, a group of air passengers celebrating without a mask to Mexico from Montreal was reprimanded by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Most foreign visitors to Canada must be vaccinated and have a negative COVID-19 test result.    

More than 80 destinations have been classified as Tier 4 since January 10. You can view the CDC risk levels for global destinations on their travel advice pages. The CDC doesn’t put the U.S. on its alert list, but it was colour-coded as a level 4 on the agency’s January 10 travel risk level map.    

The CDC recommends avoiding all international travel until you’re fully vaccinated in its broader guide. On December 30, the CDC raised the risk of travelling on a cruise ship to level 4 and said it should be avoided regardless of vaccination status. Last week, two major cruise lines cancelled upcoming departures on numerous ships due to increased Covid-related disruptions

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