Community Update #16 COVID-19 - International Travel Update

Today, the Government of Canada outlined additional measures related to entry into Canada based on the advice received by public health officials to limit the spread of this pandemic and to provide support to Canadian travellers. The Government of Canada strongly urged Canadians to follow these recommendations:

  • All Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice.
  • Canadian travellers should return to Canada via commercial means while they remain available.
  • All travellers to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon entry.

Beginning March 18th, foreign nationals from all countries except the United States will not be allowed to enter Canada. The measure would not apply in designated exceptional circumstances, including to air crews, travellers arriving in Canada in transit to a third country, Canadian permanent residents, diplomats, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens.

The above ban includes any international student who is currently abroad on a Canadian University international mobility experiences including exchanges, placements, work experience or co-op.

Only 4 airports in Canada will handle international flight arrivals: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.

At this time, this measure will not affect domestic flights or flights from the United States, or vacation destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, or St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, which can continue to operate on their regular routes and land at current Canadian destinations.

The Government is working closely with the airline industry and airports to avoid unnecessarily disrupting operations and minimize additionally inconveniencing travellers.

In addition, airlines will prevent all travellers who present COVID-19 symptoms, including Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada, from boarding international flights to Canada. Airlines will conduct a basic health assessment of all air travellers based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Assistance for Travellers

The Government will also provide support to Canadians affected by COVID-19 abroad. To help these Canadians return home or cope with challenges they are facing while travelling, the Government has created the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. The Program will provide the option of an emergency loan to Canadians in need of immediate financial assistance to help them return home or to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return.

Any member of the York Community who is impacted by the above travel restrictions, please contact immediately for further guidance.

Vinitha Gengatharan.

Executive Director, York International