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Canada's Prime Minister Cancels Warm Weather Vacations For Citizens
Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech on Friday, Canada’s major airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat, have agreed to suspend all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean, until April 30.
This comes as the Prime Minister addresses the second wave of the coronavirus. He also stated that passengers arriving back in Canada, tourist or citizen, will be required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport and quarantine in a hotel at their own expense. Results can take up to three days, which could bring expenses to as much $2000.
Following the negative test result, travelers would be allowed to quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14 -day period. Those who test positive, however, must immediately quarantine in designated “government facilities” to ensure the public’s safety.
Air Canada will continue to operate one-way flights from affected destinations after Jan. 31 to bring passengers back to Canada. In a press release the airline also mentioned they will be offering full refunds to all passengers whose flights were cancelled.
WestJet and Air Transat are working on systems to bring customers already vacationing, back to Canada.