Justin Trudeau has shared a message with anybody who may be considering travelling outside Canada this winter.

During a press conference on Tuesday, the PM was asked about Canadian “snowbirds,” who plan to head to warmer parts of North America come winter.

Trudeau explained that the government’s official advisory asks residents to avoid non-essential international travel right now.

However, the PM acknowledged that the decision would be ultimately “their choice.”

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People are safest when they stay at home in Canada. Justin Trudeau

He urged those who do decide to go abroad to ensure they are adequately prepared before leaving Canada.

“They need to make sure that they have good health insurance, good travel insurance, also that they make sure that wherever they’re going there is sufficient health care capacity ...” he explained.

“That’s why as a government we recommend people not travel internationally while this pandemic is going on,” Trudeau concluded.

While international vacations are not on the cards this year for many people, domestic staycations are an option in some regions.

Restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border are currently scheduled to be lifted this weekend, but they have been extended multiple times in the past.

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