(Last revised March 30, 2020)
At this time, we are seeing Canadian citizens and residents return home to the country each day. The Government of Canada is working with airlines to help bring Canadians home by adding specific commercial flights. Airlines are cancelling select flights due to decreasing passenger volumes and carrying out health checks for all travellers based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) (implemented on March 19). Symptomatic travellers are being denied boarding to protect public health. Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is seeing flights land from select U.S. destinations, Mexico, the Caribbean and from across Canada at this time, with health and safety procedures in place to meet all required standards outlined by public health authorities and governing bodies.
The current travel advisory, as outlined by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, is to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel. All domestic travellers entering the province of Manitoba are strongly advised to self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return. All international travellers, including those arriving from the U.S., must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return. This came into full effect on March 26 and failure to comply is considered an offense under the Quarantine Act. As of March 21, a temporary 30-day travel restriction has been placed on the Canada-U.S. border to restrict any non-essential travel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Increased screening measures are currently in place at security checkpoints to identify traveller journeys, enforce protocols for travellers returning to the country and to ask additional questions related to personal health based on guidance from PHAC.