BOSTON — The federal government announced it will impose a nationwide travel ban on Wednesday, a day after Canada’s prime minister called on the nation to cooperate against terrorism.
The ban applies to all air travel within the U.S. and will affect a wide swath of the U to Europe and Asia, the Canadian government said Wednesday.
Travel bans were imposed across the globe on Sept. 1, 2016.
Canada’s new rules are scheduled to go into effect on Sept 3.
The move is meant to send a message that Canada will not be the only country in the world to follow suit, Trudeau said Wednesday in a statement.
The U.K. and France also announced restrictions on their citizens, with a U.N. report finding that France and Britain have the highest levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in the developed world.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was shocked and saddened by the news, and called for “immediate steps to restore public trust and confidence” in British institutions.
“We need to restore confidence in our country,” Johnson said.
“We need a government that is not afraid to speak out against the most vile and dangerous terrorist group in the modern world.
And that’s what I intend to do.”
France also announced its own ban on Thursday, banning all non-essential travel from Friday.
It follows a similar ban on Friday in Germany, which has been plagued by deadly attacks.
“We cannot allow a situation in which we are faced with a terrorist threat to grow and we must do everything possible to reduce the threat,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in a televised address.
France’s government has called for a new global strategy for fighting the spread of extremism, while the U:S.
also has called on other nations to put limits on travel from Muslim-majority countries.
Canada’s new restrictions are set to go in effect Friday.
As of Wednesday, there were 521 confirmed terrorist incidents in Canada, according to Statistics Canada.
The most recent in Canada occurred on Sept 1, 2017, when a Somali-born man stabbed a Canadian soldier to death at a Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that a suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) operative was arrested in New Jersey after being taken into custody in connection with the Sept. 2 attack at the New York City Subway.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for “robust” collaboration with the U, telling Canadians “there is no place in the global community for those who want to sow fear.”
“Canada and the U are friends, and we will work together,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau said Canada’s own government has agreed to the new rules.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus tweeted that “all Canadians are encouraged to be vigilant” and that “the world must unite to fight extremism.”
“Canada will continue to work closely with our friends and allies to strengthen our security, and with the United States to strengthen its counter-terrorism capabilities,” Trudeau added.