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Bahamians stuck in Canada as airlines cancel Caribbean flights

Bahamians currently in Canada could be stuck as of February 1 as the country's airlines agreed to cancel all flights to the Caribbean, beginning on Sunday and ending on April 30.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the new measures on Friday amid mounting fears over new and more deadly variants of the coronavirus, which are rapidly spreading across the globe.

Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have agreed to suspend service to some sun destinations.

Hundreds of Bahamian students are currently in Canada. There is currently no Bahamian High Commissioner in Canada to assist those seeking to return home as Alvin Smith returned to The Bahamas last year after completing his tour of duty on November 7, 2020.

Bahamians living in Canada say, so far, they have received no communication from Bahamian officials in Ottawa on how to proceed in light of these tightened measures.

The Canadian prime minister also said his government will be introducing mandatory PCR testing at the airport for people returning to Canada "as soon as possible."

Travellers entering Canada will have to wait up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense.

Those with a negative test will then be able to finish their 14-day quarantine at home.

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