What You Need To Know About Canada’s New Border Travel Restrictions
"Now is not the time to travel," says the Canadian government as it introduces some of the strictest ... [+] COVID-19 travel restrictions in the world.Getty
"Now is not the time to travel," says the Canadian government as it introduces some of the strictest COVID-19 travel restrictions in the world. Having recently announced new strict mandatory COVID-19 testing for all travelers entering Canada by air, the Canadian government is now introducing mandatory testing at all land borders. The press release states that: "Canada has some of the strictest travel and border measures in the world, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for everyone returning to the country.
With new COVID-19 variant detections increasing in the country, the Government of Canada is announcing today further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada's air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from re-accelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain."
"Now is not the time to travel," says the Canadian government as it introduces some of the strictest ... [+] COVID-19 travel restrictions in the world.getty
As of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some very limited exceptions (like truckers and essential workers), arriving in Canada by land, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the United States within 72 hours before arrival. Or they must provide a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival.
Additionally, as of February 22, 2021, travellers coming to Canada via land border will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival, and another test toward the end of their 14-day quarantine. Furthermore, as of February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving to Canada by air, with some exceptions, must take a COVID-19 test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and take anther test another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With few exceptions, air travellers prior to their departure to Canada will also be required to reserve a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel.
Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized hotel stay as of February 18, 2021. Lastly, also on February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight to Canada.
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"We're moving forward with these critical measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the introduction of new variants of the virus into Canada.
At the same time, we recognize the importance of the continued movement of goods and the ongoing delivery of essential services in Canada. Our government's response to this pandemic includes necessary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians while keeping our economy going," said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport. The press release goes on to state that "The Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including vacation plans, outside Canada.
Foreign nationals should likewise postpone or cancel travel plans to Canada. Now is not the time to travel." "I want to thank Canadians who continue to make sacrifices to protect each other from COVID-19.
We continue to detect variants of concerns, and this is why we are putting these additional measures in place.
Now is not the time to travel, so please cancel any plans you might have," said Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health.