It's time for Canadians to come home. That's the message that Prime Minister Trudeau has been sending out to citizens who are still abroad. The spread of COVID-19 in Canada has necessitated strict border restrictions, but the government is working with airlines to bring people back without costing them an arm and a leg.

In a March 21 press release, the Prime Minister's Office stated that they would be coordinating with Canadian airlines and foreign governments to provide access to commercial flights for anyone who still needs to return to the country.

A major part of this initiative is making sure that Canadians who are trying to get home can get their tickets for "a reasonable commercial price."

This effort comes alone side an alternate option for people who currently cannot afford to get home on their own.

These travellers are being encouraged to apply for an emergency repayable loan through the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad

The financial assistance from the government can cover travel costs and other needs while the person works to find their way back to the country.

In addition to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members, foreign nationals who have already committed to working or studying in Canada will be allowed to board flights with the proper travel documents.

"Our government is taking the necessary action to protect the health and safety of Canadians," Prime Minister Trudeau said in a statement.

"COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global issue. That is why we are taking these exceptional measures to help Canadian travelers find a way to get home to their families and friends," he said. 

Restrictions will still apply to people who are exhibiting any symptoms of the virus.

They will not be allowed to board any flights to Canada for 14 days or until cleared by a medical professional who says they do not have the virus.

The government has gone as far as no longer allowing any non-essential travel through the Canada-US border. This does not, however, apply to the movement of goods from one country to another.

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