Canada closing its borders to non-citizens because of coronavirus
The Canadian government announced today that it will denying entry to Canada to people who are not citizens or permanent residents. Exceptions will be made for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members of citizens and U.S. citizens.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Monday, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can still slow the spread of this virus. It is time to take every precaution to keep people safe. We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents,” Trudeau said.
The impact of this new policy could affect many cruisers who visit Canada each year as part of the Canadian cruise season. This new change casts further doubt on the Alaska cruise season, following the Canadian ports banning cruise ships until at least July.