Air travellers to Canada will have to quarantine in a hotel for three days at their own expense starting February 22.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the official date at a press conference on February 12, about two weeks after introducing the new coronavirus safety measure.
The estimated cost to travellers who must quarantine in a hotel is $2,000. Hotel staff are required to transport travellers from the airport to their destination, provide meals, and allow access to internet, TV and radio.
Following the three days at the hotel, travellers who do not have symptoms will have to carry out the remaining 11 days of their mandatory quarantine at home.
International flights to Canada can only land in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Air travellers must get a COVID-19 test upon arrival, in addition to the negative test that they need to show in order to board their flight.
Starting February 15, land border crossers will also have to provide a negative coronavirus test. Travellers who do not show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of crossing the border could face fines of up to $3,000.
Essential travellers, such as truck drivers, will not be subject to the same measures.
Travellers to Canada also need to download the ArriveCAN app. This government app is meant to help travellers comply with coronavirus measures at the border.
Canada’s travel restrictions have been in place since March, 2020. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to return home, but foreign nationals need to have family in Canada, or be coming to the country for essential reasons. The current restrictions are in place until February 21.
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