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How Canada Enforces Mandatory Quarantine Plan On Incoming Travellers

Most travellers are currently expected to have a fourteen (14) day quarantine plan when coming to Canada, and if they do not follow it they could face fines or jail time.

Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been enforcing the mandatory quarantine period to people coming into Canada since April 15. They have also been trained to check travellers for symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

These plans must be prepared before the traveller attempts to cross the border. There are different quarantine instructions for symptomatic and asymptomatic travellers but a CBSA spokesman said all may be subject to questions like:

  • “Do you have accommodation where you can quarantine for fourteen (14) days?
  • “Are there vulnerable people at the location where you intend to quarantine?”
  • “Can you have food, medications, or other necessities delivered to your accommodation while under quarantine?”

CBSA Officers must be satisfied that the travellers will have access to some basic needs while under quarantine, and not have contact with vulnerable people such as those with pre-existing medical issues, or who are over age sixty-five (65).

If the traveller does not have an adequate quarantine plan, they will be referred to a public health agency staff member. They may then be sent to a government-approved facility to carry out the quarantine exercise if they are allowed to cross the border.

Travellers will be requested to complete a Traveller Contact Information Form, either on online or on paper or on a mobile app.

Information provided on the form is given to the Public Health Agency of Canada to assess and enforce the quarantine requirement.

Those who are both asymptomatic and exempted from quarantine because they cross the border for essential purposes, such as truck drivers, do not have to fill the form.

The CBSA shares basic biographical data, contact and quarantine-based information with the public health agency, who then determines when and how to share this information with provincial governments and law enforcement agencies

Recently, two travellers have been arrested and charged for breaking the quarantine rules in Ontario, and they face a $1,000 fine, the Globe and Mail report.

Quarantine requirements are firmly in place until August 31.