Canada extends international traveller rules again, closing in on a year of restrictions
Well folks, the latest extension of international travel restrictions for Canada marks 11 months of the order being in place. Canada’s Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness made the announcement earlier today. Here’s a quick rundown.
Canada first imposed international travel restrictions way back on March 21st, 2020. While some exemptions have been made and restrictions modified, the measures have prevented virtually all non-essential travel to the country. And, those that do get caught bending the rules can be subject to heavy fines and even jail time.
We are extending restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada until February 21st, 2021. Our Government will never hesitate to take the strong action needed to keep Canadians safe from #COVID19 while maintaining essential trade with our international partners.
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) January 20, 2021
And, judging from Blair’s latest statement, no change in government is going to affect Canada’s approach. While this refers only to non-U.S. travel into Canada, we have a sneaking suspicion that the US version will be extended as well.
Will the country go for an entire year with these travel restrictions in place? Our money is on yes, but only time will tell!