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Vacation Travel ban under consideration in Canada

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#OttawaOntarioCanada – January 25, 2021 – An interesting debate has started in Canada about whether or not courts would give government the right to ban all international travel in order to curb COVID and fend off the new, more dangerous variants of the virus.

On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said the stricter measure is under consideration.

“People should not be planning non-essential travel or vacation travel outside of the country.  We could be bringing in new measures that significantly impede your ability to return to Canada at any given moment without warning,” said Trudeau to reporters.

The government is called upon to more clearly define what is non-essential travel, said a news report. There is a petition submitted by virologists, epidemiologists, doctors and public health officials which say flights to holiday destinations should be cancelled.

There is also a strong recommendation in that petition to follow the Australian model of mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government designated facility for all residents returning from international travel. 

In Australia, a portion of the expense is borne by the returning resident; to start the cost is the equivalent to $2,300 USD and builds with every additional traveler.

It would be against the constitution to take away Canadians’ right to travel; but a McGill University professor believes the government could prove its case and the courts would be amenable given the severity of the pandemic in Canada.

“These would not be cases where the courts would be extremely taxing or demanding on the government.  But the government would still have to justify it, because there’s no doubt that there’s a violation of rights,” said Johanne Poirier, a McGill University law professor who specializes in Canadian federalism. 

Currently, Canadians face severe penalties for violating quarantine; including six months in prison and/or $750,000 CAD in fines.

As of January 21, 2021, there had been 731,450 confirmed coronavirus cases and 18,622 deaths from the disease in Canada. Almost 17 million people had been tested for COVID-19 infection and as of Sunday, Canada had administered 816,557 vaccine doses.

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US Changes its mind, now all FOREIGNERS must be Vaxxed

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#USA, September 21, 2021 – The US Embassy yesterday confirmed in a press release that foreign travellers to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 and the new rule will come to force in early November.

Specifically the update informed:  “As announced by the White House on September 20, beginning in early November, all adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States by air must demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.”

The Monday announcement is touted as an equalizer, but could also be the reason the vaccine-hesitant finally give in to the jabs.

“This requirement will end the need, as of early November, for travelers from certain geographic regions to obtain national interest exceptions under the current presidential proclamations in order to travel to the United States.”

It is reported that already, in places like The Bahamas lines were longer with news that the requirement for vaccination is mandatory in order to travel to the United States by flight.

“Adult foreign nationals will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight.”

Already enforced for cruise lines, which resumed in June, is the requirement for all passengers to be fully vaccinated and pre-tested before boarding.

Increasingly, vaccine mandates are becoming the norm for travellers, club-goers, for dine in at restaurants and on the job.

Turks and Caicos on September 1 activated its vaccinated tourists only policy, which requires travellers over 16 to be fully inoculated with one of four of the top-rated vaccines.

The CDC has not yet advised with vaccines will be on the accepted list; the US Embassy office in Nassau said:  “We will look to CDC to guide which vaccines will be accepted, as part of their standard role in determining who is considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of recommended or required international travel protocols.”

We will provide further information for visa applicants and U.S. citizen travelers as it becomes available on our website: travel.state.gov.

In the meantime, Americans who are not fully vaccinated, are cautioned to stay put.  In fact the notice advised: “With the new order, unvaccinated U.S. citizens and LPRs or legal permanent residents who return to the United States will be required to do the following prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight: one, Provide proof of a negative test result taken within one day prior to their departure and Provide proof that they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival.”

 

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“Brighter Days Ahead”; Canadians Return Trudeau for a Third term as Prime Minister

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#Canada, September 21, 2021 – “Some have talked about division, but that’s not what I see. That’s not what I’ve seen these past weeks, across the country. I see Canadians, standing together. Together, in your determination to end this pandemic. Together for real climate action, for $10-a-day child care, for homes that are … for middle class families. For our shared journey on the path of reconciliation. As Canadians, you’ve elected parliamentarians to deliver on all this, and our team, our government, is ready.

When I became prime minister six years ago, I didn’t know, I couldn’t know what the future would have for us. We didn’t know that our country would face the pandemic of the century or a world economic crisis.

What I knew already, however, is that together Canadians are able to go through any obstacle, and that’s exactly what we will continue to do. I’ve heard: You don’t want us to talk about politics or elections. You want us to focus on the job that we need to do for you.

I hear you when you say that you just want to get back to the things you love, not worry about this pandemic or about the election, that you just want to know that your members of parliament of all stripes will have your back through this crisis, and beyond.

The moment we face demands real important change, and you have given this parliament, and this government, clear direction.

You have a choice. You have given parliamentarians a clear mandate for us to … end this pandemic once and for all and build a better future. You have elected a government in Ottawa that will fight for you and will deliver for you every day.

We heard you. We’re hearing you when you say you want more daycare places and a stronger health-care system, affordable housing and good green jobs and continue to go forth on the way of reconciliation, investments for the middle class and all those working hard to be part of it.

My friends, I’m ready. I’m ready to continue this fight. Our team is ready.”

  • Excerpt from Election Night Speech of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

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Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers

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#UnitedStatesofAmerica, September 21, 2021 – As announced by the White House on September 20, beginning in early November, all adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States by air must demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

This requirement will end the need, as of early November, for travelers from certain geographic regions to obtain national interest exceptions under the current presidential proclamations in order to travel to the United States.

Adult foreign nationals will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight.

Fully vaccinated aircraft passengers departing from any foreign country with a destination in the United States will continue to be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure (or written or electronic documentation of recovery from COVID-19 after previous SARS-CoV-2 infection in the form of a positive viral test result and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to strongly recommend against air travel by U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are not fully vaccinated. With the new order, unvaccinated U.S. citizens and LPRs who return to the United States will be required to do the following prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight:

Provide proof of a negative test result taken within one day prior to their departure;

Provide proof that they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival.

We will look to CDC to guide which vaccines will be accepted, as part of their standard role in determining who is considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of recommended or required international travel protocols.

We will provide further information for visa applicants and U.S. citizen travelers as it becomes available on our website: travel.state.gov.  We have no further details to announce at this time.

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