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Trudeau expected to give update on travel restrictions today

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet are expected to announce more details about incoming travel restrictions Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the prime minister said Trudeau will have more details on restrictions for returning travellers — both air and land — at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Procurement Minister Anita Anand, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Health Minister Patty Hajdu will have more details at 12:15 ET.

CBC News will carry both news conferences live.

Last month the government announced air travellers returning from non-essential trips abroad will have to isolate in a federally mandated facility for up to 72 hours —  at their own expense — while they await the results of a polymerase chain reaction test, commonly known as a PCR test.

It’s hasn’t been clear when those new measures come into place.

The testing requirement is in addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for returning non-essential travellers. The government has had travel restrictions on most foreign nationals in place since March 2020

Earlier this week the prime minister announced that as of Feb. 15, non-essential travellers entering Canada through the land border will soon need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival.

Border officers can’t legally deny entry to Canadians, but those who show up without proof of a test could face fines of up to $3,000, he said.


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