Canada Could Be Loophole in USA's Travel Bans

Canadians should avoid non-essential travel to China due to covid-19

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Most countries have implemented travel bans for flights from coronavirus outbreak countries such as China and Italy, except Canada.

On February 14, 2020, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist based out of Toronto General Hospital, told Global News, “People will find a way around. You can say, ‘Stop all direct flights,’ but that doesn’t stop all travel."

Canada previously issued a Global Travel Advisory, which says to 'avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. And, the decision to travel is your choice, and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad.'

Additionally, Canada updated this Travel Advisory regarding China on March 14, 2020, which says 'Avoid non-essential travel to China due to an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).'

However, Canada's advisory is not an inbound travel ban.

Could Canada impose strict travel bans as seen in China, Italy, and the United States in response to the spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus?

According to Canadian constitutional experts, the answer is yes, reported Global Canada News on March 13, 2020.

But any travel restrictions would have to be “reasonable” and “demonstrably justified.”

The US government has already made that determination.

The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory – Do Not Travel - for China on February 8, 2020. And on March 4, 2020, the US Embassy in Beijing published a Health Advisory, which says 'The government of PRC has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.'

Given its close proximity to the USA, Canada's lack of travel ban for COVID-19 disease outbreak countries highlights one loophole in the US government’s efforts to limit the further spreading of disease from overseas travelers.