The Coronavirus Information and Update website contains up-to-date details for York community members travelling abroad: coronavirus.info.yorku.ca/.
The Government of Canada has strongly urged Canadians to follow these recommendations:
- All Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice.
- Canadian travellers should return to Canada via commercial means while they remain available.
- All travellers to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon entry.
Beginning March 18th, foreign nationals from all countries except the United States will not be allowed to enter Canada. The measure would not apply in designated exceptional circumstances, including to air crews, travellers arriving in Canada in transit to a third country, Canadian permanent residents, diplomats, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens.
The above ban includes any international student who is currently abroad on a Canadian University international mobility experiences including exchanges, placements, work experience or co-op.
In response, the University is strongly recommending that faculty and contract faculty, staff and students to return home ASAP. In addition, the University has cancelled all international travel for all University sanctioned programs and activities, as well as all other University business travel, until June 1, 2020.
For faculty and staff who have just returned to the country, self isolation for 14 days (effective day of return) will be required.
Any member of the York community currently outside Canada:
If you are abroad, the Government of Canada strongly urges you to find which commercial options are still available to return to Canada and consider an earlier return than you may have planned as these options are becoming more limited. The University is also aware that there are international students abroad who may wish to return directly to their home country.
Only 4 airports in Canada will handle international flight arrivals: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.
At this time, this measure will not affect domestic flights or flights from the United States, or vacation destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, or St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, which can continue to operate on their regular routes and land at current Canadian destinations. The Government is working closely with the airline industry and airports to avoid unnecessarily disrupting operations and minimize additionally inconveniencing travellers.
In addition, airlines will prevent all travellers who present COVID-19 symptoms, including Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada, from boarding international flights to Canada. Airlines will conduct a basic health assessment of all air travellers based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Assistance for Travellers
The Government will also provide support to Canadians affected by COVID-19 abroad. To help these Canadians return home or cope with challenges they are facing while travelling, the Government has created the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. The Program will provide the option of an emergency loan to Canadians in need of immediate financial assistance to help them return home or to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return.
Any member of the York Community who is impacted by the above travel restrictions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately for further guidance.