Canadians should reconsider any non-essential travel plans out of the country during the holidays given the rise of the Omicron variant, according to the federal government.
“To people who are planning to travel, I say very clearly: this is not the time to travel,” said Federal Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, during a press conference announced at the last minute on Wednesday. .
Guided “by prudence”, the minister indicated that the progression of the Omicron variant internationally “makes him fear the worst. He warns travelers that there is a risk of contracting the virus internationally, as well as a risk of getting stuck abroad.
He ensures that the federal government’s ability to test travelers when they arrive at the airport, still insufficient last week, is constantly improving.
Further details will follow.