Since March 2020, Canada has experienced different closures, processing changes, travel restrictions, and more due to COVID-19. More specifically, to stop the spread of the virus, travel restrictions have been put into place and altered a few times.
On January 29th, 2021, just as people were looking for restrictions to be lifted, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new travel restrictions.
“With the challenges, we currently face with COVID-19, both here at home and abroad, we all agree that now is just not the time to be flying.”
As a result, Canada’s main airlines have agreed to cancel service to the Caribbean and Mexico and the federal government is introducing new mandatory quarantine rules as it tries to discourage international travel.
“We know that just one case of the variant that comes in could cause significant challenges and that’s why we need to take extra measures”
Requirements When Arriving in Canada
The prime minister said the government will soon be introducing mandatory PCR testing at the airport for people returning to Canada “as soon as possible in the coming weeks.” That’s on top of the pre-boarding test already required. Travelers will then have to wait up to three days at a government-approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which Trudeau said is expected to be more than $2,000. Those with a negative test will then be able to finish their 14-day quarantine at home, with increased surveillance. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam added that returnees will also be swabbed on day 10. He also said that, in the coming weeks, Canada will begin requiring non-essential travelers to show a negative test before entry at the land border with the U.S.
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