Now is not the time for vacations abroad! That was the message coming from the federal government this week, as they reminded Canadians that non-essential travel outside Canada is still a bad idea.

On December 29, the Government of Canada shared a new statement that confirmed an international travel advisory remained in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The best way to protect yourself, your family and those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 in our communities is to choose to stay in Canada.

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As well as warning travellers that they may struggle to return home if they choose to leave the country, the feds also reminded Canadians that vacation plans “may be severely disrupted.”

“It's important to remember that if you choose to travel abroad your trip may become much longer than you planned,” reads a Government of Canada notice.

The statement also warns that Canadian travellers abroad may have reduced access to quality health care and could be subject to the measures of other countries.

In addition, many countries have travel or border restrictions in place right now, including quarantines.

The message explains that “these restrictions are changing quickly and may be imposed by countries with little warning.”

In a press conference earlier this month, Canada’s top doctor Dr. Theresa Tam acknowledged that many people have been “dreaming” of vacations.

However, she reiterated that the best way to keep Canadians and their families safe is to avoid any non-essential travel, particularly abroad.

 
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