Jamaica, along with other Caribbean countries and Mexico, has been pushed into further economic plight following Canada’s decision to suspend flights to these countries beginning January 31 to April 30.
This move will negatively impact the countries’ tourism, extinguishing any hope of semblance of growth in the tourism sector for the first quarter of the year.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Friday.
The Prime Minister also announced the control of all international flights into the country, stating that airplanes will be allowed to land only in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
The airlines will contact persons currently on vacation in the Caribbean and Mexico to organize return flights ahead of the deadline.
Additionally, he said passengers would have to take a PCR test after arriving in Canada.
“Travellers will then have to wait for up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2000. Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine at home with significantly increased surveillance and enforcement.”
Persons who test positive will have to quarantine in government facilities “to ensure they’re not carrying variants of potential concern.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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