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”
Travel Restrictions When Arriving in Canada
As of Feb 3rd, these new travel restrictions will take effect. Along with the negative COVID-19 test that is required before boarding your flight to Canada and 14-day quarantining there are a few new travel restrictions to stop the virus spread.
- Direct flights to and from Mexico and the Caribbean are suspended
- Flights will only land in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver airports
- Mandatory PCR testing at the airport for people returning to Canada (as soon as possible in the coming weeks)
- With limited exceptions, isolate up to three days at a government-approved hotel for their test results, at travelers own expense (expected to be more than $2,000)
- Finish their 14-day quarantine at home, with increased surveillance
- Swabbed on day 10 of quarantine
- Non-essential travelers to show a negative test before entry at the land border (begins Feb 15, 2021)
Canadians cannot be denied entry on Canadian soil, however, they may be fined up to $3,000.
You may be exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirements under certain conditions, including if you:
- 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
Traveling to Canada FAQs
Can I avoid Canada’s 14-day self quarantine?
No. All travelers who are over the age of 5 years old must self-quarantine for 14-days even if they aren’t experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This is an addition to the new travel restrictions above and providing a negative COVID-19 test before your flight. Those who fail to provide negative test results may be required to go to a designated quarantine facility or another suitable place as determined by the Quarantine Officer.
Do these new rules apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents?
Yes. All of Canada’s travel restrictions and rules are to be followed by all international travelers at this time.
When do these new restrictions take effect?
All of Canada’s new travel restrictions will take effect on Feb 3rd, 2021. This allows those to return to Canada before new rules are in place.
Can I stay extend my stay in the US?
Yes. Canadians can stay in the United States for up to 6 months with the option to extend or adjust their stay with the USCIS.
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