Update: Prime Minister Trudeau announced that passengers arriving by air starting on February 22nd will have to quarantine in a hotel in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal at their own expense. Quarantine hotels will be bookable starting on 2/18.
Air passengers also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before their flight, a 2nd PCR test upon arrival into Canada, and a 3rd PCR test towards the end of their 14 day quarantine. They will be released from the hotel after the 2nd PCR results are confirmed, which can take 3 days.
There is no exemptions for people who are vaccinated.
Hotel quarantine requirements only apply for passengers flying into Canada, which will likely be a boon for border airports like Buffalo, Detroit, and Plattsburgh…
If you enter via a land border you will need to provide negative COVID PCR results from within the past 72 hours in order to enter the country via land border starting on February 15th.
A positive test from within the past 14-90 days is also acceptable instead of a negative test.
Failure to provide PCR results at the border will result in a fine of up to $3,000. You will still need to quarantine at home for 14 days even with negative COVID PCR test results.
Starting on February 22nd you will need to take a 2nd PCR test at the land border and a 3rd PCR test towards the end of the 14 day quarantine.
Additionally, starting on February 22nd all travelers from land or air will need to electronically submit their travel and contact info, as well as a suitable quarantine plan, before entering Canada. A suitable plans means you can’t quarantine “with at-risk subpopulations including people who work in hospitals or long-term care facilities, adults over the age of 65, or those who are immunocompromised or at risk for more severe disease outcomes. In addition, travelers must avoid all contact with other in their household with whom they did not travel.” However if you bring a form from the at risk people consenting to the quarantine plan and they confirm that consent over the phone at the border crossing, that will be considered suitable.
Travelers without a suitable quarantine plan may find themselves spending 14 days under these deplorable “hotel” conditions…
Originally posted on 1/29:
In addition to previous requirements to provide a negative PCR from within 72 hours in order to board a flight to Canada, you will have to take another PCR test and quarantine upon landing in Canada.
Additionally, you will have to pay to stay in a government operated quarantine hotel until your PCR test results come back, which can take up to 3 days. The cost of the stay and the PCR tests is expected to exceed C$2,000.
If your PCR test results are negative, you can quarantine at home until you have been quarantined for a total of 14 days. Enforcement and surveillance measures for the home quarantine will be increased from what they are currently, with newly hired private security firms to check up on people who should be in quarantine.
If your PCR test results are positive, you will have to continue to quarantine at a government facility.
Canada is also stopping all nonstop flights to Mexico and the Caribbean starting on Sunday through April 30th. All international flights will also have to land at Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver.
The above doesn’t apply if you drive into Canada, but Canada will require a negative PCR test in order to enter Canada via a land border starting in the coming weeks and additional testing requirements may be added. You will then have to quarantine for 14 days at home.
Canada remains closed to most foreign nationals, as they have been since last March.
The hope is to be able to avoid new COVID variants that have been popping up in places like Brazil and South Africa.
I’m guessing these rules will stop Canadians from traveling abroad, eh?
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