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Canada extending travel ban for non-U.S. foreign nationals

Monday, November 30, 2020 @ 3:20 PM | By Terry Davidson

Ottawa has extended into the new year its ban on non-essential travel into Canada by non-U.S. foreign nationals but is creating an exemption that would possibly allow “high-performance” amateur sports organizations to enter the country.

According to a Nov. 29 news release, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have further extended the federal government’s restrictions on non-essential travel for foreign nationals wanting to enter Canada from countries other than the U.S.   

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair

This ban will now be in place at least until Jan. 21.

Ottawa has also extended until that date the order requiring those allowed entry to self-isolate for 14 days.

The extension comes as the country continues to wrestle with the second wave of COVID-19.

“The government continues to evaluate the travel restrictions and prohibitions as well as the requirement to quarantine or isolate on an ongoing basis to ensure Canadians remain healthy and safe,” states the release. “The ability to align U.S. and international travel extension dates, as well as the Mandatory Isolation Order, beginning on January 21, 2021, will enable the government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, U.S. and international travellers.”

Entry restrictions on American citizens and foreign nationals wanting to enter Canada from the U.S. will remain in place at least until Dec. 21, it states.  

But Ottawa is also “creating a framework for considering applications from high-performance amateur sport organizations seeking to hold International Single Sport Events.”

“To be considered, applicants would need to include written commitments of ongoing support from provincial/territorial and local public health authorities and provincial/territorial governments, as well as a robust plan to protect public health and the health of participants,” states the release.  

Permission to enter would come from Sport Canada, in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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