Sign in
EN - Travel

So Many Passengers Have Already Tried To Fly Into Canada Without A COVID-19 Test

The new rule has only been in place for 11 days. 😬✈️
Canada's New Travel Rules Have Been Ignored By So Many Air Passengers Already

Although Canada’s new travel rules have only been in place for 11 days, hundreds of passengers have already been denied boarding for breaking them.

In a statement shared with Narcity, Canadian airline Air Transat revealed that over 400 travellers have been prevented from flying for failing to show a negative COVID-19 test.

Editor's Choice: Canada Warns That Travelling Abroad Right Now Could Cost ‘Your Health & Your Wallet’

411 Air Transat passengers were denied boarding

In total, 411 people have been refused boarding on Air Transat flights alone since January 7, which is when the rules came into effect.

In their statement, Air Transat acknowledged that some groups of people are temporarily exempt from the new regulations, including passengers from Haiti.

However, for those purposefully ignoring the rules or even showing fake documentation, there are hefty fines and penalties in place.

Canada’s incoming travel restrictions were updated in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to discourage people from taking non-essential trips overseas during the pandemic.

The updated rules now include requiring all incoming visitors to show a negative COVID-19 test prior to flying, as well as stronger quarantine enforcement measures upon arrival.

While federal officials have said that the current restrictions are “working” as intended, Justin Trudeau recently revealed that the government is “always open” to making them stricter.

An Ontario restaurant was forced to call the police after a man refused to show staff proof of vaccination.

According to Guelph police, officers responded to the call at around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday after receiving reports that a male was refusing to show his vaccine certificate at a restaurant on Stone Road West.

Keep Reading Show less

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

Keep Reading Show less

Premier Jason Kenney has just announced that the province will be taking measures to plan for a "worst-case" scenario as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

During a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 21, the premier said that he'd been in touch with different agencies to plan what the response would be in dire circumstances.

Keep Reading Show less

Ontario's ​Vaccine Passport Can Be Saved On Your Phone & Here's How I Did It In 5 Minutes

A new tool lets you store your vaccine certificate as an image, a PDF file, or as a card in your Apple Wallet.

Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontarians are expected to show their proof of vaxx to enter certain non-essential businesses and settings. However, because enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes won't come into effect in the province until October 22, a team of volunteer software engineers and medical professionals created a tool that lets you store your proof of vaccination on your phone with a QR code.

"No personal data is sent to the internet. [The] QR code is for verification only, with no personal info," the team behind the tool told CTV News.

Keep Reading Show less