Canada has confirmed that its ban on foreign entry will be maintained until at least the end of July. Also extended is the requirement for returning Canadian citizens coming from abroad to quarantine for 14 days. This will come as a blow to the aviation industry in Canada and further afield as it was hoped international flying could begin ramping up soon.
Travel ban extended
The federal government of Canada has confirmed it will extend its travel ban on all international travelers until the end of July. Nobody who is not either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident will be allowed into the country until at least August.
There are some exceptions to this rule, namely US residents who are classified as essential. The ban on US visitors is managed under a separate agreement, set to expire on July 21st. However, that could also be revised depending on the situation later this month.
In an announcement yesterday, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said that this extension of the border closure would run until 23:59 ET on Tuesday, July 31st. In a statement, a spokesperson said,
“The CBSA has implemented travel restrictions across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation — land, sea, air and rail. All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism and recreation, is covered by these measures.”
Under the Canadian regulations, only essential workers who are US citizens will be allowed into the country. Essential workers include healthcare workers and other key workers involved in the fight against COVID.