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30 Nov 2020 | 04:00 AM UTC

Canada: Authorities extend travel restrictions until January 2021 /update 30

Canadian authorities extend travel restrictions for non-US citizens until January 21, 2021; confirm travel itineraries

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Event

Canadian authorities have extended travel restrictions for non-US citizens until January 21, 2021, as a precaution to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The US-Canada border is to be closed until at least December 21. Exemptions are in place for some essential travel, such as aircrew members, temporary workers, international students, and diplomats. Canadian residents and their immediate family can enter provided they plan to stay for at least 15 days and returning residents and citizens are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Domestic restrictions have largely been devolved to provincial authorities' discretion, and as such vary from region to region, with enhanced measures implemented in areas with high COVID-19 infection rates.

As of Monday, November 30, there have been 373,662 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada with 12,046 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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