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Ottawa, Mar 17 (Canadian-Media): In response to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Monday appeal to Canadians overseas to return home, WestJet Airlines decided to suspend all international flights, including to the U.S. for 30 days effective this Sunday March 22, after which it will help in rescue and repatriation flights operations in partnership with the Canadian government, media reports said.
Westjet Airlines. Image credit: Twitter
As of Monday night tickets were no longer available for sale after March 22 for the 30-day period.
While reducing its domestic flight schedule by 50 percent, WestJet's realization of the difficult times faced by Canada, it has also lowered its prices on remaining seats on flights into Canada to bring our citizens home.
Canadians abroad with a plan to return home after March 22 who could not find an earlier return flight, were asked by Westjet to visit the Canadian government's website to register for possible repatriation.
With airlines business worldwide being impacted by the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Westjet flight attendants were alerted of 50 percent layoffs.
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Toronto, March 12 (Canadian-Media): Travel and visa restrictions related to COVID19 were issued March 12 by the office of the Consulate General of India, Toronto.
1. In supersession of all earlier advisories issued on this subject the following visa restrictions are issued for implementation
i All existing visas issued to nationals of any country except those issued to Diplomats, Officials, UN/International organizations, Employment, Project visas stand suspended till April 15, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020 at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.
ii. Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion of their visa or grant of any consular service if they choose to do so.
iii. Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders shall be kept in abeyance till April 15, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020 at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.
iv. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission for fresh visa, which will be approved by the authorities in India in each case.
v. All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals arriving from any destination and having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany on or after February 15, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020 at the port of departure of such travelers.
vi. International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated Immigration Checkposts with robust medical screening facilities. These will be notified separately by Ministry of Home Affairs.
2. In addition to the above visa restrictions, the following travel advisory is hereby issued in accordance with instructions of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
i. Indian nationals presently abroad are advised to avoid non-essential travel. They are hereby informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days on their arrival in India.
ii. All Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days.
Toronto, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): A revised advisory for travel to India had been released by the Government of India in the wake of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), said Consulate General of India, Toronto Mar 11, media reports said.
Revised advisoty for travel to India. Image credit: Twitter
The decisions taken by the Government of India are as follows:
Suspension of existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas till 15 April 2020 effective from 1200 GMT on 13 March 2020 at the port of departure.
OCI card holders with visa free travel facility is kept in abeyance till 15 April 2020 effective from 1200 GMT on 13 March 2020 at the port of departure.
The nearest Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate should be contacted for plans for travel to India by foreign nationals for compelling reasons.
Quarantine procedures for a minimum period of 14 days would be followed by all incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15 February, 2020 effective from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
All non-essential travel by Indian nationals should be avoided and incoming travelers are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.
Ministry of Home Affairs would pose restriction on international traffic through land borders at designated check with robust screening facilities.
Testing primarily for students / compassionate cases in Italy would be made and their samples collected would be organized accordingly. Only those tested negative, will be permitted to travel and on their arrival in India, will be quarantined for 14 days.
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Nfld. & Labrador, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) approved travel to European countries, including a total of of 17 trips and about 475 students and chaperones, has been cancelled in wake of the safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, media reports said.
Approximately 65,000 students, over 8,000 employees & 255 schools are represented by NLESD.
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"This decision is not taken lightly," said Tony Stack, CEO of the district.
"This precautionary measure is designed to reduce the risk of having students exposed to the virus, or being quarantined in a foreign country, or upon their return to Canada. It's just not a risk we are willing to take."
Cancellation of a trip up to 24 hours before departure, could be done by the district authorities, if it's to a country considered to be a risk related to the novel coronavirus.
However, if a trip to a country without formal risk declaration relating to the virus, "there is no guarantee travel insurance purchased by parents will be honoured — regardless of whether the district cancels the trip," reads the statement.
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Italy, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): A decree was signed early Sunday by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to quarantine about 16 million people in the country's prosperous north, including the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighbouring regions till April 3 in a bid to halt the new coronavirus' spread, media reports said.
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"Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues," said Conte.
Biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases, since its outbreak on Feb. 21, was experienced by Italy when an increase in the number of infected people rose by 1,247 in the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 5,883.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Sunday that Italy should ban all its citizens from traveling to Europe in order to curb the new coronavirus outbreak.
While many scientists said the world is clearly in the grips of a pandemic — a serious global outbreak — the World Health Organization isn't calling it that yet, saying the word might spook the world further.
"I think it's pretty clear we're in a pandemic and I don't know why WHO is resisting that," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.