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2019 Novel Coronavirus update

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February 26, 2020

February 25, 2020

  • Eleven cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada (in Ontario and British Columbia)
  • The Canadian government has updated its advice to travellers returning from abroad, asking them to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for two weeks after they return, no matter where they travelled. View COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

February 24, 2020

  • Nine cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada (in Ontario and British Columbia)

February 21, 2020

  • No updates 

February 16, 2020

  • Eight cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada (in Ontario and British Columbia).

February 11, 2020

  • The World Health Organization has named the new coronavirus COVID-19.

February 10, 2020

  • No confirmed cases in Alberta.
  • There are seven confirmed cases in Canada (Ontario and B.C.)
  • China’s May Labor Day holiday was extended to five days for 2020, from Friday, 1 May-Tuesday, 5 May. This is the first opportunity for outbound tourism to rebound, with potential for both short-haul and long-haul travel.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is sharing all relevant information on coronavirus on their website, including prevention and risks. 

February 3, 2020

Travel Alberta is working closely with Destination Canada, provincial DMOs, and industry partners to monitor the impact of 2019 novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency, with small numbers of cases of the virus now confirmed in more than 20 countries, including in Canada (in Ontario and BC). The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has rated the public health risk to Canadians travelling abroad as low but the risk for travel to China as high. 

In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, China has barred outbound group trips and package bookings, while several countries, including the US, have temporarily restricted entry to foreign nationals who have visited China in recent weeks. Several airlines, including Air Canada, have suspended service to several Chinese cities. Canada Visa Application Centres across China will remain closed until further notice.

As a result, it is not surprising that we are aware of some trip postponements by Chinese visitors, however at this time it’s too early to know what impact this will have on Alberta’s tourism industry. 

We are asking industry partners to accept tour cancellation or postponement requests and assist as much as possible during a difficult time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

For up-to-date information about coronavirus, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Read the United Nations World Tourism Organization's statement on coronavirus.