Canada’s major airlines are suspending all flights to the Caribbean and Mexico from Sunday Jan. 31 to April 30, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.
Trudeau said the deal agreed to by Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat.
The Prime Minister also said that, starting next week, all international flights will be allowed to land only in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, and that, “as soon as possible,” all passengers will have to take a PCR test after arriving in Canada.
Arriving passengers will then have to wait for test results for up to three days at an approved hotel. Trudeau said those stays will cost $2,000.
If a passenger tests negative they can go home for the rest of their 14-day quarantine, where there will be extended enforcement. Anyone who tests positve will have to spend the rest of their quarantine at a government approved facility, the PM said.
Trudeau also said mandatory testing is coming to Canada’s land borders.
Details will be laid out in the coming days.
The Liberal government in Ottawa earlier this month said that all passengers age five and over who want to visit Canada must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test before they fly. Tests must be taken within 72 hours of a scheduled flight.
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