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International travel restrictions : Canada has announced an extension of restrictions

- Posted on 30 November 2020

Ottawa, November 30

Canada has announced an extension of restrictions on international travel in an effort to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus amid an ongoing second wave of the pandemic in the country.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced that travel restrictions on US citizens would be extended until December 21, and curbs on people arriving from other countries would be extended until January 21, 2021, Xinhua news agency reported.

The restrictions, which were brought forward on March 16, ban most foreign nationals from entering Canada for non-essential travel.

There are a number of exceptions for immediate family members of citizens, essential workers, seasonal workers, caregivers and international students.

The latest extension brings the timing of international travel restrictions in alignment with those governing the Canada-US land border.

Previously, international restrictions expired on the last day of each month while the Canada-US border restrictions expired on the 21st.

Both have been regularly extended since March.

“The government continues to evaluate the travel restrictions and prohibitions as well as the requirement to quarantine or isolate on an ongoing basis to ensure Canadians remain healthy and safe,” the minister said in the statement.

“The ability to align US and international travel extension dates, as well as the mandatory isolation order, beginning on January 21, 2021, will enable the government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travellers.” Canada has so far reported a total of 3,70,278 Covid-19 cases and 12,032 deaths.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam on Sunday reiterated a stark warning she made the previous day, saying the country could see up to 10,000 cases a day in mid-December “if we continue on the current pace” of infection.

 GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

– CANADA SAYS WILL EXTEND MANDATORY ISOLATION ORDER, TEMPORARY TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL TRAVELERS FROM COUNTRIES OTHER THAN U.S. UNTIL JAN. 21, 2021

– CANADA SAYS MEASURES INCLUDED REQUIREMENT FOR ALL TRAVELERS ENTERING CANADA TO QUARANTINE OR ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS

– CANADA SAYS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR U.S. CITIZENS, FOREIGN NATIONALS ARRIVING FROM U.S. REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL DEC. 21 AND MAY BE EXTENDED AT THAT TIME

– CANADA SAYS AMENDING ITS ORDER AND CREATING A FRAMEWORK FOR CONSIDERING APPLICATIONS FROM HIGH-PERFORMANCE AMATEUR SPORT ORGANIZATIONS 

So, which countries want to move to Canada?

Countries in Asia that are seemingly interested in moving to Canada include the following:

  • Azerbaijan
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar

It may come as no surprise that India is included on the list. Indian nationals make up around a quarter of all immigrants to Canada.

Between European countries, the most popular destination was Germany, with Canada second. The following countries are those that are most interested in moving to Canada:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom

Among North American nations, there were eight countries showing interest in immigrating to Canada:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico

The continent that is most interested in moving to Canada was Africa, with a total of 13 countries. Find them below:

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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