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Canada Announces New Restrictions For Incoming Travelers

Canada’s government is imposing new COVID-19 measures for incoming travelers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced new restrictions to control COVID-19 risks in Canada.

The announcement was made recently by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and comes after several weeks of pressure from several provinces in Canada to implement stricter travel restrictions.

WestJet, Air Canada, Sunwing, and Air Transat are suspending all flights to some destinations such as the Caribbean effective Sunday, January 31. The new COVID-19 measures will be in place until April 30. The Prime minister commended the administration of these airlines in working in concert with the federal government to enact these measures.

As of next week, international flights can only land in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. Incoming travelers will need to take COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and will need to lodge in a hotel designated by the Canadian government at their own expense for three days while waiting for test results.

Trudeau said the estimated cost of this to travelers is $2,000 Canadian. If the test result is negative, travelers will then need to quarantine at home for a total quarantine period of fourteen (14) days. Those who however report a positive test result will stay at a designated government facility.

Thirdly, Trudeau also announced that all travelers entering Canada from the United States land border will need to be tested upon arrival and show a negative test.

International travelers to Canada have recently become more of a concern, given the recent appearance of more infectious variants of the coronavirus, particularly in the U.K, Brazil, and South Africa.

The new COVID-19 restrictions will be put in place to minimize travels to protect the health of Canadian people, especially during the forthcoming spring break.

Travel to Canada from the U.S and other countries has been managed and regulated since March and is subject to monthly extensions. The current travel bans on foreign and U.S. non-essential travels are in effect until at least February 21, 2021.

A number of people are exempted from these travel restrictions, such as permanent residents, Canadian citizens, certain international students, certain temporary foreign workers, or immediate and extended family members of Canadians, among others.

Canada also requires every international air traveler aged five years or older to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within Seventy-two (72) hours of the traveler’s planned departure for Canada.

In addition to being tested, travelers coming to Canada must undergo a fourteen (14)-day quarantine period. The quarantine plan must be prepared before arrival in Canada to show where and how it will be carried out.

Travelers to Canada were also instructed to use the ArriveCAN app to send their information to CBSA officers and learn how to comply with COVID-19 measures at the border. The application is to be used by all incoming travelers to carry out daily self-assessments and share contact tracing information so it can be shared with the provinces to ensure that the quarantine process is completed.

Quarantine rules are enforced in Canada and those who break or disobey it may be subject to fines and imprisonment.

Some provinces in Canada continue to show encouraging declines in the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Prime Minister confirmed during recent press conferences that COVID-19 vaccines will continue to arrive despite the threat of protectionist measures by the European Union to reduce the export of doses abroad and current delays in manufacturing.

He reiterated that the federal government is on track to ensure everyone in the country will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccination by September.