All Canadian travellers abroad urged to return home amid COVID-19 pandemic

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WatchAs federal leaders urge Canadians abroad to come home and limit travel, many people who were planning to travel for Spring Break are stuck at home. Jasmine Bala has more.

The Government of Canada is urging all Canadian travellers abroad to return home, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, posted the request on social media.

“We recommend that Canadian travellers return to Canada via commercial means while they remain available,” said Champagne.

The announcement comes a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced from his home that international flights will soon be restricted to certain airports in the country, and those arriving internationally are being asked to self-isolate for 14-days.

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The government is also asking Canadians to avoid all non-essential international travel.

Travel agents on the Island are reminding people abroad to get in touch and stay calm.

“It’s just an ever-evolving situation,” said Cathy Larsen, co-owner of Departures Travel. “We just do what we can for now and just try to make people aware of what we’re trying to do for them and tell them to calm down and relax and enjoy whatever vacation you’re on and we will get you home.”

Ninety per cent of their bookings over the next two months have been cancelled or moved to a later date, Larsen added.

Prime Minister Trudeau also announced other restrictions for the cruise ship industry.

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