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Feds Warn That Canadians Who Decide To Travel Could Be 'Forced To Remain Outside Of Canada'

Narcity logo Narcity 2021-12-21 Helena Hanson
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The federal government is doubling down on its travel advice for Canadians ahead of the holidays, warning that restrictions could result in travel plans being “severely disrupted.”

On December 15, the feds announced that Canada’s international travel advisory would be shifting to Level 3 — which means that Canadians should "avoid non-essential travel."

The advisory is guidance, rather than a set rule, which means Canadians are still permitted to take discretionary trips abroad if they want to.

In addition to this, officials reinstated pre-arrival PCR testing for all incoming travellers, regardless of their vaccination status or the length of their trip.

In a statement announcing these stricter measures, the government warned that those who do decide to travel should “expect delays, which are likely to become worse during the holiday period.”

They also said that travel restrictions continue to change quickly and with little notice in some cases, which means Canadians could face unexpected lockdowns or quarantine periods overseas.

“Should Canadians choose to travel outside Canada, they need to recognize travel plans may be severely disrupted and they may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected,” read the notice.

It added, “Canadians should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to travel plans.”

A few days earlier, federal officials described the COVID-19 situation elsewhere as “both risky and unstable" and told those thinking of travelling that it should be “a serious alarm bell.”

The comments and updated travel restrictions come amid growing concerns about the Omicron variant in Canada.

The Government of Canada is urging all eligible people, whether or not they're hoping to travel domestically or internationally, to get a booster dose as soon as they can.

This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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