Canada introduces hotel quarantine, suspends Caribbean and Mexico flights

To curb coronavirus transmission, Canada announced rules to further discourage international travel.

Most incoming travelers will be required to quarantine in government-approved hotels at their own expense, and flights to the Caribbean and Mexico will be suspended through April.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement in response to new and worrying variants.

Trudeau said, “We will be introducing mandatory PCR testing at the airport for people returning to Canada. Travelers will then have to wait for up to three days at a government-approved hotel for their test results at their own expense.”

Those with negative results will quarantine at home “under significantly increased… enforcement. Those with positive tests will be…required to quarantine in designated government facilities to make sure they’re not carrying variants of potential concern.”

These measures step up an existing mandatory 14-day quarantine for most travelers.

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