Special flight to repatriate Canadians leaves Merida Yucatan on Tuesday, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta flights Full

A WestJet Special flight from Merida to Toronto Pearson prepared as the Canadian government works to get its citizens home.

Flight 2793 will depart Merida on Tuesday at 1:35 p.m., landing at 7:38.

Canadians will be expected to pay a “responsible ticket price” for their flight home, Trudeau said.

While closing the border to visitors in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has encouraged expats “to come home.” After first limiting inbound flights, Canada is now working with airlines to repatriate Canadians still abroad.

Canadians with symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to board flights, while those who are allowed to fly home must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Canadians unable to get on a flight home were encouraged to apply for an emergency government loan of up to $5,000 to help cover expenses they incur while abroad.

“We won’t be able to reach everyone but we’re going to do our best to help those we can,” Trudeau told reporters from outside his residence in Ottawa, where he is self-isolating after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the virus.

Canadians can decide for themselves if they’d rather stay abroad or return. Yucatan’s 17th confirmed Coronavirus case was announced Saturday, while another 10 tests are pending. All the cases are considered mild. Mexico has registered two deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, out of 251 cases.

Canada has more than 1,200 confirmed cases and at least 19 deaths.

China remains the country with the most cases (81,000), despite three consecutive days without new infections. It is followed by Italy, with 47,000 cases, and Spain with around 25,000.

“Everyone needs to make the best decisions for themselfs. Obviously, if they are not certain they are going to be getting on a flight, they’re probably better to stay in place,” Trudeau said.

The Prime Minister encouraged all Canadians abroad to register with Global Affairs Canada so the government can communicate with them. Ottawa is working with telecom companies to send mass text messages to Canadians abroad, reaching hundreds of thousands of people over the past few days.



Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said the government is focusing repatriation flight efforts on “hot spots” where airspace and border closures prevent anyone from leaving the country.

Special flights from Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, for Expats living there, already sold out as of Sunday.

Bringing Canadians home - An update from WestJet

Bringing Canadians home – An update from WestJet

Extra flights scheduled between March 23-25, 2020

DateFlight #DepartureArrivalDepartureArrival
23 Mar 1875 Lihue, Kauai Vancouver 22:40 7:20 
23 Mar 1883 Kona, Hawaii Vancouver 22:50 7:35 
23 Mar 1853 Maui, Kahului Vancouver 22:55 7:30 
23 Mar 1175 Fort Myers Toronto Pearson 14:00 17:05 
23 Mar 1221 Fort Lauderdale Toronto Pearson 14:20 17:34 
23 Mar 1465 Phoenix Edmonton 16:00 20:20 
23 Mar 2425 Cancun, Mexico Toronto Pearson 12:15 17:15 
23 Mar 2755 Nassau, Bahamas Toronto Pearson 13:55 17:26 
23 Mar 2691 Varadero, Cuba Toronto Pearson 14:30 18:02 
23 Mar 2625 Holguin, Cuba Toronto Pearson 14:40 18:39 
23 Mar 2513 Bridgetown, Barbados Toronto Pearson 14:45 20:45 
23 Mar 2601 Kingston, Jamaica Toronto Pearson 14:00 19:25 
23 Mar 2643 Liberia, Costa Rica Toronto Pearson 13:40 21:00 
23 Mar 2289 San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Calgary 14:10 19:40 
23 Mar 2153 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Vancouver 15:25 19:38 
23 Mar 2383 Ixtapa, Mexico Calgary 15:35 21:08 
23 Mar 2247 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Calgary 16:25 21:22 
23 Mar 2661 Montego Bay, Jamaica Toronto Pearson 18:00 23:12 
24 Mar 2507 Puerto Plata, Dominican Toronto Pearson 14:25 18:50 
24 Mar 2653 St. Martin Toronto Pearson 15:05 20:16 
24 Mar 2795 Aruba  Toronto Pearson 15:30 20:55 
24 Mar 2599 San José, Costa Rica Toronto Pearson 13:30 20:57 
24 Mar 2793 Mérida, Mexico Toronto Pearson 13:35 19:38 
24 Mar 2379 Huatulco, Mexico Calgary 15:25 20:31 
25 Mar 2643 Liberia, Costa Rica Toronto Pearson 13:40 21:00 
25 Mar 2619 Belize City Toronto Pearson 13:45 20:10 

Extra flights also operating between March 23-25, 2020 that are currently full

Date Flight # Departure  Arrival Departure Arrival 
23 Mar 1891 Maui, Kahului Vancouver 
23 Mar 2251 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Calgary 
23 Mar 1865 Honolulu, Oahu Vancouver 
24 Mar 1875 Lihue, Kauai  Vancouver 
24 Mar 1883 Kailua-Kona Vancouver 
24 Mar 1853 Maui, Kahului Vancouver 
24 Mar 2213 Mazatlán, Mexico Calgary 
25 Mar 2739 St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda Toronto Pearson 

Visit westjet.com to book a flight.

Source: yucatanexpatlife.com, blog.westjet.com

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