Canada extends ban on international travelers

Canada extends ban on international travelers

Canada has extended its restriction on non-essential international entries until the end of November as Coronavirus cases continue to rise.

The North American nation has, however, eased quarantine rules for some cut-off Canada-US border communities.

The travel ban has been in force since mid-March, while Ottawa and Washington have a separate arrangement prohibiting non-essential travel between their two countries set to expire one week earlier.

Travellers allowed into Canada despite the ban must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

But Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Friday said, “some practical adjustments” to the rule would be made to allow residents of a few outlier communities, to cross the border to access necessities such as food and medical care without having to self-isolate after each trip.

He specifically listed Campobello Island in New Brunswick; Stewart, British Columbia; Northwest Angle, Minnesota; and Hyder, Alaska – all cut off from their respective countries due to border irregularities, such as panhandles.

The government will also allow exemptions for a pilot project with the province of Alberta on alternatives to quarantines.

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