Coronavirus: Travellers Returning To Canada Must Quarantine For Two Weeks

Travellers coming back to Canada will go through mandatory quarantine requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.

These requirements differ depending on whether or not a traveller has symptoms of the virus. People with symptoms are not allowed to board a plane to Canada, though they are still permitted to cross the border by land or sea.

Ottawa has restricted travels to Canada for many foreigners, however, there are few exemptions. Citizens, permanent residents, foreign workers, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and a few other people are still permitted to enter Canada. International students may be permitted entry, if their study permit was approved before March 18.

It is still possible to leave Canada, but, flights have been minimized and there is a travel health notice to avoid all non-essential travels to all foreign countries.

Everyone who is allowed entry into the country is required by law to immediately go to their homes or present themselves to the appropriate place where they will quarantine for the next fourteen (14) days. Stopping at the grocery store, or visiting a friend’s place on the commute between the Port of Entry and home is strictly prohibited, and if caught, travellers could face jail time or fines.

Work permit holders, study permit holders and visitors may be required to isolate even if they are not showing symptoms.

Isolation or Quarantine: What You should do after displaying symptoms of coronavirus?

If you are displaying any of the symptoms associated with coronavirus diseases, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you must isolate as soon as you arrive. Violating the instructions provided upon landing in Canada could mean up to six (6) months in jail, a $750,000 fine or both. Canada will provide symptomatic travellers with immediate medical attention when required.

Isolating means you must immediately go to the location where you will be staying and remain there for fourteen (14) days. You must use private transportation in order to get there as taking rideshare, taxi, or public transits are prohibited. Transit will be arranged by the government for those who do not own a vehicle.

If you do not have a place to isolate yourself, you will be required to go to a facility specified by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Once there, you must remain inside the facility. You may only leave if it is to seek medical attention.

The federal government recommends that people who share apartments should avoid using the same bathroom as others, if possible. Apply social distancing with others inside the home, including children, and do not welcome guests.

As you stay in isolation you must continue to monitor your health. If you displaying any related symptoms and it gets worse, contact the public health authority and follow their instructions.

What if I do not have coronavirus symptoms when I Arrive in Canada?

Even if you do not display any symptoms you are still at risk of having them and infecting others. The rules for quarantine are less severe than isolation, however, the consequences are the same for disobeying instructions provided upon arrival; six (6) months in jail, a $750,000 fine, or both.

Asymptomatic travellers must immediately go from the airport or border to their place of quarantine and stay there for fourteen (14) days.

Unlike people who are instructed to isolate, under quarantine, you may take public transportation to reach your destination if you arrive in Canada without symptoms, though you may not stop on the way. The federal government also recommends staying at least one metre away from others at all times.

During the period of quarantine, you may go around the premises of your house especially if it’s your own home. However, you can’t visit public places and have someone pick up groceries and medications for you.

Assess your health. If you show symptoms within two (2) weeks of your date of arrival, you should immediately call a healthcare professional or present yourself at any designated public health facility. They may ask you to describe your symptoms and travel history.

The Canadian government has provided a list of locations where people may have been exposed to coronavirus. You can check if you visited one of these exposure locations by visiting the government website.