The Canadian government has reached an agreement with the country’s main airlines to suspend flights to all ‘sun destinations’, Prime Minister Trudeau announced on Friday morning.
In a press conference on January 29th, Justin Trudeau stated that all flight service to Caribbean destinations and Mexico will be suspended until April 30th, in an effort to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning this Sunday, Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat are cancelling air service to the above destinations.
Along with this, the Prime Minister also announced that beginning next week, all international flights will only be allowed to land at four airports in Canada; Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.
Additionally, in the coming weeks, non-essential travelers returning to Canada via the land border with the US will be required to show a negative test to enter.
Trudeau says that travelers entering Canada will have to wait for up to 3 days for their test results, at an approved hotel, and at their own expense.
The supervised hotel stay will reportedly cost $2,000 per person, and this includes the cost of private tests as well as the accommodation.
People with negative test results will be able to quarantine at home, but those who test positive will have to quarantine in designated government facilities.
“My priority is to protect Canadians,” said the Prime Minister during today’s press conference.