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TORONTO — Government officials in the UK have released an official list of low-risk countries whose residents will be allowed to travel to the UK starting July 10 without having to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
The UK’s travel industry was vocal in its opposition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine, and in June three airlines – British Airways, easyjet and Ryanair – even launched legal action against the UK government in an effort to get it quashed.
The UK’s list was released today. So far at least, it looks like Canada isn’t on it. Some 59 countries did make it.
Countries may be added to the list over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners, according to the site.
Just last week Canada got the green light from the EU, as one of 14 low-risk countries on that list.
Meanwhile any hope that the Canadian government might lift its own 14-day quarantine order has been dashed, at least for the short-term.
The federal government has extended the Emergency Order requirements related to mandatory isolation and quarantine until Aug. 31.
Anyone arriving or coming back into Canada must still remain under quarantine for 14 days, regardless of health status. If they have COVID-19 or have reasonable grounds to suspect that they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, then they must self-isolate as part of that quarantine.
Border measures restricting all non-essential travel, including tourism and recreation, across the Canada-US border remain in effect until July 21.
Canada has also yet to lift its advisory against all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
However parts of Canada have opened up, depending on where you live. Today marks the start of the so-called ‘Atlantic bubble’, allowing residents of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI to travel to any of the other three provinces without self-isolating for 14 days after arriving.
Video footage from the Confederation Bridge, linking PEI with New Brunswick on the mainland, showed a steady stream of vehicles heading to the island after midnight when the restrictions were lifted.
In the morning P.E.I. Premier Dennis King greeting travellers at the toll booths on the P.E.I. side of the bridge, where tourists were also being offered potato bags holding a selection of Island products.
The premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick have hinted restrictions could soon be lifted for visitors from the rest of Canada if all goes well.
Other provinces have either partially opened up, like B.C., or are working towards opening up to visitors.
An easy to use interactive map of Canada at time-to-travel.ca shows Canadians where they can travel, and where they can’t.
With file from The Canadian Press