The federal government of Canada released a list of some of the hotels that are approved to host international air travelers for the mandatory quarantine requirements.
Beginning from February 22, international air travelers to Canada must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. They must then wait for the results of this test in a government-approved facility for up to three (3) days.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously announced the new measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in January. At that time he estimated the cost to travelers could be about $2,000.
However, the Canadian Press reports that the cost to travelers is actually much lower. Two hotels at Toronto Pearson International Airport announced that their mandatory quarantine program goes from $319 to $339 for a single person.
The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is going for $1,272 plus tax, which includes food for three (3) days and for security.
These government-authorized hotels are situated in the four Canadian cities that are presently accepting international air travel at this time: Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.
According to the government webpage, this is not the full list, as more will be finalized in the coming days.
List of government-authorized hotels for three (3)-day quarantine
Vancouver International Airport
- Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport
Calgary International Airport
- Acclaim Hotel
- Marriot Calgary Airport
Toronto Pearson Airport
- Alt Hotel Pearson Airport
- Four Points by Sheraton and Element Toronto Airport
- Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport
Montréal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport
- Aloft Montreal Airport
- Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Airport
- Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal
How to book a hotel for the mandatory quarantine
To book your stay, the federal government website says to contact these designated phone numbers: 1-800-294-8253 toll-free from North America, and 1-613-830-2992 collect from outside North America continent. You can be able to make special requests, obtain information for pets, and address any other accessibility concerns.
The federal government will send you an email confirmation within four hours of booking.
Travelers are instructed to use the ArriveCan app to prove that they have made their reservations.
New quarantine requirements for air travelers
Before air travelers take off to Canada, they need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding the plane.
They will then be tested again once they land in Canada. As per the new measure going into force on February 22, these travelers must also wait for their test results in one of the previously mentioned government-approved hotels.
Once they obtain the results, they are instructed to carry out the rest of the mandatory fourteen (14)-day quarantine in their homes. From there, they are instructed to take another COVID-19 test in the last few days of their quarantine. Testing kits and instructions will be made available before travelers leave the airport.