(CMR) Caribbean economies are set to take another major hit as all flights from Canada to the Caribbean have been canceled.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada's major airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30 from Sunday as part of the fight against a second wave of the coronavirus, Reuters reported.
Trudeau also told reporters that all arriving airline passengers would be required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport and then wait in a hotel at their own expense until the results arrived.
The expected cost for the hotel stay could be more than C$2,000.
People with a negative test will then be able to finish their 14-day quarantine at home, with increased surveillance.
“With the challenges we currently face with COVID-19, both here at home and abroad, we all agree that now is just not the time to be flying,” Trudeau said Friday.
“By putting in place these tough measures now, we can look forward to a better time when we can all plan those vacations,” he added.
Trudeau had urged Canadians for weeks not to take any non-essential trips outside the country as the federal government could impose restrictions at any time that would make it harder for them to return.