Canada’s New Travel Rules Will Start Next Week & Here’s What You Need To Know
Almost everybody arriving will need a negative COVID-19 test.
With just days to go until 2021, the federal government announced plans for
The updated requirements now include requiring incoming visitors to haveprior to flying, as well as stronger quarantine enforcement measures upon arrival.
On December 31, the Government of Canada explained in a statement what the new protocol is going to look like:
What are the new rules?
Speaking during a press conference on December 30, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc announced that all passengers arriving in Canada will have to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight.
Per the Government of Canada’s most recent statement, this will come into effect as of January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST.
To be allowed into Canada, visitors must have documentation of a negative test result, which will be presented to the airline “prior to boarding a flight to Canada.”
It must be a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and it has to be taken within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure.
What about quarantine?
Even with proof of a negative result, passengers will be required to complete the mandatoryupon their arrival.
Per the new rules, federal officials havewhen it comes to enforcing this mandatory quarantine period.
“The Government of Canada will be further increasing surveillance efforts to ensure travellers entering Canada complete the applicable mandatory 14-day quarantine period under the Quarantine Act,” reads the statement.
All visitors will continue to have theirby a government official, who will decide whether or not the individual should stay in a federal quarantine facility.
Those entering must also continue to useor website to provide contact information and their arrival plan plan prior to entry.
Who will it affect?
It will apply to travellers from every country and to all airlines, both foreign and domestic.
Children under the age of five will be exempt from the rules, as will emergency service providers and airline crew members.
People travelling on refueling flights won’t be asked to get a test either, according to Global News.
Federal officials have urged anybody currently travellingto “start immediately arranging for a COVID-19 test.”
“Canadians who are planning to travel abroad should consider how they will meet these requirements before departure,” concludes the government statement.