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Air Canada Proposes Science-Based Approach to Easing Quarantine Act Restrictions

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            --  Proposed measures endorsed by medical professionals globally
                and the International Air Transport Association
            --  Mirror those adopted by the European Union, the United Kingdom
                and other worldwide jurisdictions

Air Canada's Chief Medical Officer today issued a letter urging the Canadian government to consider a science-based approach to easing the Quarantine Act restrictions, which have been essentially unchanged since March, to strike a better balance for travellers and for the Canadian economy without adversely impacting public health.

Air Canada is not proposing relaxing the U.S. border restrictions at this time - only to replace the quarantine requirements for those countries with a low COVID-19 risk from a public health perspective with more proportionate, evidence-based measures and experiences from other countries.

Air Canada notes that other G20 countries have implemented practical, evidence-based approaches to travel by minimizing the risk of COVID-19 exposure through a range of measures endorsed by medical professionals worldwide including:

            --  Determination of safe corridors or travel between approved
                jurisdictions with fewer cases on the basis of low risk from a
                public health perspective (an approach adopted in the UK,
                France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal among others)
            --  Requirement for a pre-departure, medically certified negative
                COVID-19 test in order to enter the country (Caribbean islands)
            --  Waiver of quarantine requirements following a negative test on
                arrival (Iceland, Austria, Luxembourg)
            --  Mandatory testing on arrival (South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao,
                United Arab Emirates)

A full copy of Air Canada's letter signed by its Chief Medical Officer and providing a robust science-based approach for easing the 14-day quarantine is here.

Air Canada has been at the forefront of the airline industry in responding to COVID-19, including being among the first carriers globally to require customer face coverings onboard and the first airline in the Americas to take customers' temperatures prior to boarding. In May it introduced a comprehensive program, Air Canada CleanCare+, to apply industry leading biosafety measures at each stage of the journey.

Air Canada has recently undertaken several medical collaborations to further advance biosafety across its business, including with Cleveland Clinic Canada for medical advisory services, Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience to explore portable COVID-19 testing technology and, since 2019, with Toronto-based BlueDot for real-time infectious disease global monitoring.

About Air Canada Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2019 served over 51 million customers. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit:?, follow @AirCanada?on?Twitter? and join Air Canada on?Facebook.?


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