Canada Adds New Travel Requirements and Restrictions
- Reporting of certain information through Canada’s ArriveCAN app or online at https://arrivecan.cbsa-asfc.cloud-nuage.canada.ca/privacy
- COVID-19 testing prior to arrival and post-arrival (with limited exceptions)
- Presentation of a quarantine plan upon arrival
- Mandatory isolation or quarantine (with limited exceptions)
- Mandatory hotel stay until on-arrival COVID testing results are received
- Further quarantining at home or at a government quarantine facility
- Canadians citizens, persons registered under the Indian Act and permanent residents arriving by land to Canada, who do not present a valid COVID-19 molecular test, will be allowed entry but may be subject to a fine of up to $3,000 per day or face criminal prosecution. Travelers may also be required to go to a designated quarantine facility if they are symptomatic on arrival at the border, or do not have a suitable quarantine plan.
- Foreign nationals who have obtained an exemption to enter Canada, will be refused entry, with limited exceptions, if they do not have a valid COVID-19 molecular test result.
Isolate at a pre-reserved, government-authorized COVID quarantine (government approved) hotel within the jurisdiction of entry, for up to 3 days (until COVID-19 arrival test results are received).
- Travelers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.
- Individuals must pay for the cost of the hotel stay and all associated costs (i.e., food, security, transportation, and infection prevention and control measures)
- The government has stated that if an on-arrival COVID test comes back negative before the end of the 3-day quarantine period, travelers will be able to leave the 3-day hotel quarantine early; however, expenses related to the hotel stay may or may not be refunded for the remainder of the time, at the discretion of the quarantine hotel.
- Isolate for the remainder of the mandatory 14 day quarantine period at a self-designated location or at a government quarantine facility.
- If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to isolate for an additional 14-day period that begins on the day the test was taken, and you will be required to contact your local public health authority and follow their directions.
- provide essential services
- maintain the flow of essential goods or people
- are receiving medical care within 36 hours of entering Canada (non-related to COVID-19)
- regularly cross the border to work
- live in an integrated trans-border community
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