Following the declaration of Coronavirus(Covid-19) as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation(WHO), the Canadian government has announced the suspension of existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations visas until May 15, 2020.
In an important travel advisory for all air passengers travelling to and from Canada issued by the government on Thursday, it said the visa suspension will come into effect from 1200 AST on March 13, 2020 at the point of departure.
The government stated that visa free travel facility is kept in abeyance till April 15, 2020, adding that any foreign national who intends to travel to Canada for compelling reason may contact the nearest Canadian mission or consulate.
It added that all incoming travelers into Canada shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days, saying “this will come into effect from 1200 AST on March 13, 2020 at the point of departure.”
The government advised incoming travelers, including Canadian citizens to avoid non-essential travel, adding that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister’s wife tests positive to Coronavirus
The wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus and will remain in isolation, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said on Thursday.
“She is feeling well, taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild.
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in good health with no symptoms,” the statement said, adding that he will follow the advice of doctors and stay in isolation for 14 days.
“Also on the advice of doctors, he will not be tested at this stage since he has no symptoms.
“For the same reason, doctors say there is no risk to those who have been in contact with him recently,” the statement added.
Gregoire Trudeau thanked people who have reached out to her since she fell ill.
“Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon.
“Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns,” she said in a statement.
The announcement capped a day where provincial governments advised against international travel and Ontario announced plans to close its schools for two weeks because of the virus.