The World Forum - May 23rd, 2024

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Trudeau leaves door open to tighter travel ban


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving the door open to tighter travel restrictions, including a possible ban on outbound air travel.

Trudeau says the government is "always open to strengthening" measures around international flights, and is keeping an eye on countries where more easily transmissible strains of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 have broken out.

At a news conference Friday, Trudeau pointed to worrisome mutations in Brazil as well as the United Kingdom, whose outbound flights Canada banned before implementing a strict new testing requirement on all passengers entering the country.

Trudeau says the choice of whether to bar travel to the United States lies largely with the U.S., not Canada, since the country of arrival has jurisdiction over who enters.