Two government sources have revealed that the federal government is set to advise Canadians against non-essential travel outside Canada, as the country attempts to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
According to the sources, the non-essential travel recommendation will likely be announced very soon.
The federal government implemented a similar recommendation in March 2020 during the start of the pandemic, but lifted it recently, when vaccinations rose.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premiers held a 90-minute meeting recently to discuss the new non-essential travel recommendation and other travel measures that could help halt the spread of COVID-19.
One of such measures is testing at airports for every individual coming back to Canada, irrespective of nationality or the country they are coming from.
At present, Canadians that are fully vaccinated and permanent residents coming back after short trips to the United States and abroad do not have to tender evidence of a negative molecular test, like a PCR test.
The government has been condemned for implementing complicated travel restrictions for Canadians seeking to travel home from African countries that had extensive restrictions enforced upon them.