Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today, March 15, that Canada will be closing its borders to most foreign travellers in an attempt to limit the spread of novel coronavirus. Exceptions will be made for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadians and, “at this time,” U.S. citizens.
“I know that these measures are far reaching,” Trudeau told reporters. “They are exceptional circumstances calling for exceptional measures,” adding that Canada is taking “increasingly aggressive steps.”
Trudeau said starting Wednesday, March 18, only four airports will receive international flights:
- Pearson International Airport
- Vancouver International Airport
- Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
- Calgary International Airport
The prime minister also said no one who is showing symptoms will be permitted to board a flight to Canada, and that air operators will be required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger based on guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada.