The Canadian government continues to advise against any non-essential travel as we continue to manage the Omicron variant of COVID-19, both domestically and around the world.
While travel is not advised right now, there are a number of countries around the world that specifically have strict rules and strong risk classifications for Canadians.
On Jan. 17, the European Union Council removed Canada from its list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted, due to continued spread of the Omicron variant. While the recommendation has been made, each member state of the EU is responsible for implementing their own local rules.
Canada is currently on the Level 4 – Very High travel risk list by the U.S., the most severe tier.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all Americans avoid all travel to Canada, due to COVID-19 concerns.
Currently, Canada is among the countries that Japan will deny entry to, for foreign nationals, including individuals who have stayed in Canada for 14 days prior to landing in Japan.
Canada is currently on Hong Kong’s Group A – High Risk places list.
Individuals travelling from or who have visited a Group A country in the past 21 days are not permitted to enter Hong Kong.
From Jan. 16 to to Feb. 15, passenger transfer and transit services through the Hong Kong International Airport is suspended for who has stayed in a Group A destination in the past 21 days.
The Department of Health in the Philippines has classified Canada in the Red “high risk” category, with most travellers requiring a valid, existing visa to be allowed entry.