Air Canada urging feds to ease quarantine restrictions for certain countries
Air Canada is urging the federal government to ease the Quarantine Act restrictions.
Canada’s largest airline’s Chief Medical Officer is calling on the government to consider a science-based approach to easing restrictions, which have been virtually unchanged since March.
The airline is proposing replacing the quarantine requirements for countries with a low COVID-19 risk from a public health perspective with more proportionate, evidence-based measures and experiences from other countries.
Presently, the airline is not advocating for relaxing the U.S. border restrictions.
Air Canada referenced other G20 countries that have implemented practical, evidence-based approaches to travel by minimizing the risk of COVID-19 exposure through a range of measures endorsed by medical professionals worldwide including:
- Determination of safe corridors or travel between approved jurisdictions with fewer cases on the basis of low risk from a public health perspective (an approach adopted in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal among others)
- Requirement for a pre-departure, medically certified negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country (Caribbean islands)
- Waiver of quarantine requirements following a negative test on arrival (Iceland, Austria, Luxembourg)
- Mandatory testing on arrival (South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, United Arab Emirates)
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