Travel outside of Canada is still a bad idea, according to the country’s federal health officials.

Speaking during a conference on Tuesday, April 6, both Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam urged Canadians to avoid booking vacations abroad in the near future.

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“Now is not the time to consider international travel,” Hajdu said.

While the Health Minister didn’t provide details about reopening the border or restarting travel, she did explain the “metrics” considered when making these decisions.

This includes domestic spread of COVID-19 and the third wave of the pandemic here in Canada, provinces’ and territories’ capacities to manage case-counts and the international situation.

Dr. Tam backed up this message, noting that it’s important to consider “what is going on outside of Canada in terms of epidemiology and spread” before restarting travel overseas.