It looks like the feds have some new travel measures in the works that may come between you and your winter vacation plans. According to two government sources per CTV News, Trudeau is set to announce a new advisory against non-essential travel abroad.

This would be the same non-essential travel advisory that was issued way back in March 2020 and only just lifted this past October. The federal government is poised to make the announcement today, the article says.

Other measures are also reportedly being considered to limit travel and curb the spread of the Omicron variant, but only time will tell what those measures end up being.

This news comes just weeks after the feds ramped up requirements for Canadians returning home from trips to foreign countries.

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Fully-vaccinated passengers arriving from any country except for the U.S. are now subject to arrival testing and must self-isolate at home while awaiting results.

However, airports don’t have the resources to test all arriving passengers yet, so expect “hassle and delay” when you arrive in Canada, according to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

“Canadians who are thinking of traveling abroad need to be warned that the situation abroad is both risky and unstable,” he added.

Canada has also added more countries to its travel ban list, and you can find all of them here. Foreign citizens who have been to these countries within the last 14 days will be denied entry into Canada.


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Canadian citizens who wish to return home from any of these countries will be subject to strict testing, screening, and quarantine rules.

More measures could also be added as the situation surrounding the Omicron variant evolves. “The Government of Canada will continue to assess the evolving situation, monitor case data, and adjust border measures as required,” their statement says.

Looks like it’s one step forward, five steps back at this point.