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Posted by BajaInsider on January 30, 2021
  • Several Canadian airlines suspend flights to Mexico and Canada through April 30.
    Several Canadian airlines suspend flights to Mexico and Canada through April 30.

 

Canada has introduced a mandatory supervised quarantine in mandated hotels and many Canadian airlines have agreed to suspend flights to Mexico and the Caribbean effective Sunday, January 31, 2021 through April 30, 2021.  Canada's main airlines have agreed to cancel service to the Caribbean and Mexico and the federal government is introducing new mandatory quarantine rules as it tries to discourage international travel. The emergence of a number of more dangerous strains of the COVID-19 virus including those from England and South Africa have health officials worried about their lethality and effectiveness of the recently introduced vaccines.

This is not a mandatory suspension and only certain Canadian airlines are complying and as of the publication of this article Alaska Airlines is still accepting reservations into February for flights from Loreto to Vancouver. 

Friday January 29, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have agreed to suspend service to some sun destinations starting this Sunday until April 30, and will be making arrangements with their customers who are in these regions now to organize flights home. The travel restrictions meant to discourage Canadians from taking vacations in sunnier destinations are now a major roadblock for those with loved ones in the Caribbean and Mexico. An agreement for airline subsidies has been reached.

Download the official press release from Transport Canada here.

Starting at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 3, all international passenger, private and charter flights, including from the U.S., will land at the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports. Cargo-only flights will remain exempt. This will undoubtedly cause additional flight delays.

"With the challenges we currently face with COVID-19, both here at home and abroad, we all agree that now is just not the time to be flying," said Trudeau outside his home at Rideau Cottage.

Perhaps more importantly is the required PCR COVID-19 test on departure from your foreign airport AND another test on arrival coupled with a 3-day quarantine in a government approved hotel while awaiting your test results. Reports state that in some cities this will result in a required hotel stay that could cost upward of $1800 Canadian dollars.

The government is also introducing mandatory testing at airports for people returning to Canada. Travelers will then have to wait up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2,000.Those testing negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to leave the mandatory quarantine but are advised to continue self-isolation for at least one week. 

The purpose of these government actions is to discourage travel – take a hint, stay put. If you care about the persons at either end of your air travel why risk exposing them to this increasingly deadly pandemic. 


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