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Ottawa, May 26 (Canadian-Media): Even after significant cut in U.S. and other international flights coming into Canada, thousands of passengers, undaunted by COVID-19 pandemic, are still flying each week at the country's airports, media reports said.
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Last year during the week of May 11-17, approximately 356,673 air travelers came into Canada from the U.S., according to the Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA).
Although there was a nearly 99 percent drop in the same time period this year, yet 3,691 people still entered Canada that week.
Colin Furness, infection control epidemiologist, and also an assistant professor with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, believes this to be a cause for concern, since it is through travel that this pandemic arrived everywhere in the world.
"We should be closing our borders as much as we can. We can't bring [the number of entrants] down to zero but we should get as close as we can."
The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that as of May 25, 19 percent of confirmed cases were the result of someone becoming exposed while travelling or being exposed to a traveler coming to Canada, and nine percent of of cases were contributed by those who reported to have traveled outside of Canada.
Trudeau told reporters last week that more should be done to ensure proper follow up of travelers coming back from overseas or from the United States, and are properly isolated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He said he was in in constant conversations with the premiers regarding potential monitoring tools for those arriving in Canada.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney recently announced implementation of more stringent measures by his government to screen incoming passengers from outside Canada for symptoms of COVID-19 at the province's two international airports in Calgary and Edmonton .
Travelers arriving from destinations outside Canada will undergo temperature scans and provide provincial officials with details of their 14-day mandatory quarantine plan including where they will stay and how they will get there.
Travelers without such plans or private transport to their destinations will be isolated on site, Kenney said.
In April, the federal government announced that all air travelers would have to wear face masks while in transit and whenever maintaining two metres' separation from others is not possible.
Passengers arriving in or departing from Canada have to prove they have a non-medical mask or face covering with them during the boarding process. Those not having non-medical mask or face covering could be prevented from continuing their journey.
Some airlines had ensured that the middle seat is kept empty.
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Manitoba, May 24 (Canadian-Media): The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding Manitobans that visiting the International Peace Garden is international travel and constitutes exiting Canada.
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To gain re-entry, travellers must report to the CBSA at the Boissevain port of entry (MB Hwy 10). While Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and Registered Indians under the Indian Act continue to enter Canada by right, they are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures and must comply with the mandatory 14-day requirement to quarantine or isolate.
At the Boissevain port of entry, border services officers will ask travellers returning from the International Peace Garden if they currently have a cough, difficulty breathing, or feel they have a fever. They will provide travellers with a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) handout and instruct them to quarantine (if asymptomatic) or isolate (if symptomatic) for 14 days to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Every traveller will need to provide PHAC with their contact information and confirm that they have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine where they will have access to basic necessities, such as food and medication, and not have contact with vulnerable people. Travellers are required to wear a non-surgical mask or face covering upon entry to Canada and while in transit to isolation or quarantine, unless the mask or face covering needs to be removed for security or safety reasons. Travellers presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be referred to a PHAC staff member for further assessment.
As of March 18, 2020, Canada introduced border restrictions on foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, for all non-essential travel to Canada. Visitors will be restricted from entering Canada unless they are both asymptomatic and crossing the border for essential reasons, such as work or study.
Travellers enter the International Peace Garden from either Manitoba or North Dakota without reporting to customs, but upon exiting, are required to report to the CBSA (if seeking entry to Canada) or to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (if seeking entry to the United States).
To enable faster processing and limit contact at the border, travellers returning to Canada are encouraged to use the ArriveCAN app (available on the App Store and Google Play) to provide their contact information to PHAC.
Failure to comply with the Mandatory Isolation Order and other related measures are offences under the Quarantine Act, and the maximum penalties are a fine of up to $1,000,000 and/or imprisonment for three years.
Persons who have to cross the border regularly to go to work are exempt from the requirement to quarantine, provided they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
Questions about entry to the United States should be directed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.