Canada has some of the country’s strictest transport and border controls, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine duration for visitors.
Honourable Omar Alghabra quoted; The pandemic continues to create an unprecedented crisis in the global aviation industry, and our government continues to take action to protect the health and safety of Canadians. That is why Transport Canada has issued a notice to air operators to temporarily suspend passenger flights from India and Pakistan—where there is an elevated number of passengers arriving with cases of COVID-19.
The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, announced new rules for some international travel.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has been tracking case details and has discovered a disproportionately higher amount of cases among individuals travelling on flights originating in India and Pakistan by required examination upon entry into Canada. Because of the large number of incidents, the Canadian government has taken additional measures.
Transport Canada has released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) suspending all commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, effective April 22, 2021, at 23:30 EDT.
The Interim Order On Such Requirements for Civil Aviation will be amended by the Minister of Transport. Because of COVID-19, passengers who travel from India or Pakistan to Canada after 23:30 EDT on April 22, 2021, using an indirect path, would need to receive a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.
These interventions would assist in managing the increased risk of introduced cases of COVID-19 and variants of concern into Canada at a period when our healthcare system is under growing strain.
The new research is guiding Canada’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the last two months, the Government of Canada has increased testing standards for visitors to Canada. This includes required submission of touch, transport, and quarantine details through ArriveCAN, pre-departure (air) or pre-arrival (land) testing, on-arrival testing, and testing again later during the 14-day mandatory quarantine duration.
The Canadian government has implemented more strict requirements for appropriate quarantine arrangements, as well as a required hotel stopover for air travellers while they await the outcome of their on-arrival test before finishing the remainder of their mandatory 14-day quarantine duration.