Some Canadian Twitter users are questioning a recent post from Passport Canada, who urged citizens to renew their passports for those planning a winter vacation.
A tweet posted on Passport Canada’s verified account on Friday afternoon asked, “Are you planning a winter vacation but don’t have a valid passport? Don’t wait, apply now!”
The tweet comes despite travel restrictions from the federal government, advising against all non-essential travel outside the country as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
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The Government of Canada’s website says it has implemented “strict travel restrictions” and warns that Canadians “may have difficulty returning to Canada.” Travel to the US has also been limited to essential travel only and has been in place since March.
Passport Canada’s tweet comes while various countries around the world — including Canada — struggle with the second wave of COVID-19.
Twitter users were quick to question Passport Canada’s tweet.
The tweet was shared with Hootsuite Inc., a social media app that schedules posts. It’s unclear if the Passport Canada tweet was previously scheduled, only to be removed when it was too late.
Daily Hive reached out to Global Affairs Canada for clarification but has yet to receive any additional details.
The original tweet has seen been deleted.
Passport Canada’s social media team when they sign in on Monday pic.twitter.com/aZo5KnOgTA
— Dr. Worm (@thekimgauthier) November 15, 2020
I guess Passport Canada scheduled all their tweets for the entire year in January? pic.twitter.com/o1MSfO6gaK
— Chloe (@ChloeHoppie) November 15, 2020
Not unless I need a passport to go from my kitchen to the living room 🤷♀️😂
— thoughtsofaphd (@thoughtsofaphd) November 15, 2020
This tweet is slightly tone deaf.
Majority of folks are unable to visit their family relatives who reside in different provinces yet people can travel overseas for winter vacation? I thought currently non-essential/leisure travel were restricted in 🇨🇦?
— Souad🐢 (@trueintegrity87) November 15, 2020
— Brandon Kealey (@BDKealey) November 14, 2020
Fixed it for you: pic.twitter.com/YwTqfE5WFM
— Matt Blair (@mjblair) November 15, 2020
Um, whose gonna tell them? 😬 https://t.co/nye0qilwjz
— nam kiwanuka (@namshine) November 15, 2020
Seriously? We are being told to stay home and Passport Canada posts this?
— Linda B 🇨🇦 (@barnhart_linda) November 15, 2020
I like your optimism, years-in-advance passport canada social media post
— Conor (@conor0mccarthy) November 15, 2020
I assume it’s a programmed tweet or something … either that, or someone working for Passport Canada has been living under a rock for a while :p
— Greg Lancop (@GrgoryLancop) November 15, 2020
I am feeling *personally mocked* by Passport Canada now.
— Helps Law Offices (@helpslaw) November 14, 2020
Yikes. Not the time, Passport Canada.
— Professional_Money95 (@Profess91015174) November 15, 2020