Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a new agreement with airlines to suspend travel to the Caribbean and Mexico due to Covid-19.
A BBC report states that the country’s main airlines, including Air Canada and WestJet, will end service immediately and organise return travel for those currently abroad.
The Canadian government will also mandate new testing and three-day quarantine periods upon arrival in Canada.
“New variants of Covid-19 pose a real challenge to Canada,” said Mr Trudeau on Friday. “That’s why we need to take extra measures.”
He announced Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have all agreed to suspend their flights to those popular so-called “sun destinations” until 30 April.
All visitors must take a mandatory Covid PCR test when they arrive at the airport – in addition to the pre-boarding test that is already required – and stay at government-approved hotels on their own dime for up to three days as they await the results.
It comes amid reports of many Canadians travelling internationally this winter.