In an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19 and emerging virus variants, the federal government has recently implemented quarantine hotels in Canada for incoming air travellers.\nWhile exact details are yet to be finalized, it’s clear that Canada's hotel quarantine will look pretty different from other countries’ versions of it.\nAhead of the scheduled start date, here’s a look at how other regions, including Australia and New Zealand, implemented their respective hotel restrictions.\nEditor's Choice: Travellers Are Already Finding Loopholes To Avoid Canada's Quarantine Hotels\n\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern)\nWhat does hotel quarantine look like in New Zealand?\nIn New Zealand, a similar hotel quarantine plan was announced on April 9, 2020.\nAll international travellers entering the country are required to stay at a government-approved facility for a minimum of two weeks.\nDuring this time, they will take three COVID-19 tests and daily health and temperature checks.\nIf an individual tests positive, they are moved to another government-approved quarantine facility.\nThe majority of people staying are charged NZ$3,100 ($2,828) for the first adult in a room and NZ$950 ($867) for any additional adults.\nGuests book their spot via an online allocation system, although they cannot choose the city or type of hotel they stay in. Passengers on the same flight are often taken to the same accommodation.\nAccording to the National Post, the country’s quarantine facilities are all four or five-star hotels.\nThe military and the police are tasked with overseeing the facilities and guests face hefty fines and even jail time for non-compliance.\n\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Australia (@australia)\nWhat about Australia?\nThe idea of quarantining in an approved hotel first came about in Australia back in March 2020.\nIt was the first country to implement the protocol, with all international travellers (except for those coming from New Zealand) required to quarantine in a state-approved facility for at least two weeks.\nLike New Zealand, the facilities are generally four or five-star but cannot be specifically chosen by the individual travelling.\nAnybody who tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay, or anybody who displays symptoms, is required to stay for as long as 24 days.\nThe exact cost of an Australian hotel quarantine stay varies, but travellers can expect to pay around AU$3,000 ($2,967) for two weeks.\nState governments are in charge of implementing quarantine rules and those found to be flouting them can face fines of up to $50,000 and jail time.\n\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Love Great Britain 🇬🇧 (@lovegreatbritain)\nIs it similar in the U.K.?\nLike Canada, the United Kingdom took a little longer to implement the hotel quarantine system.\nIt came into place on February 15, 2021, and applies to all international travellers entering the country from any of the 33 countries on the local government’s “red list.”\nMost places on the list are located in South America and Africa, as well as the United Arab Emirates.\nThere are 16 hotel options across the country, which must be pre-booked by travellers before they arrive.\nGuests must stay for a minimum of 10 days, during which they’ll take two COVID-19 tests. If any return positive, they’ll have to stay an additional 10 days.\nIt costs £1,750 ($3,100) for the 10-day quarantine, with payment plans on offer for those who are low-income earners.\nThe rules are enforced by the national government, with fines of up to £10,000 ($17,716) for non-compliance.\n\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau)\nHow does Canada compare?\nAlmost a full year after Australia implemented quarantine hotels, Canada followed suit.\nTrudeau recently confirmed that the country’s system will kick-off on February 22, 2021, and is likely to apply to all non-essential passengers entering Canada by air.\nPerhaps the biggest difference between Canada’s hotel quarantine plan and those of other countries is the length of quarantine required.\nTravellers will need to stay just three days in the federally-approved facility, providing they don’t display any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.\nAfter three days, they must continue their mandatory two-week quarantine at their destination.\nUnlike other countries, travellers quarantining in Canada will also be able to choose the hotel they stay at. Exact prices are expected to vary depending on location, but the cost is expected to be around $2,000 per person.\nA payment plan for low-income earners has not yet been announced.\nAll of the available facilities will be located within 10 kilometers of Canada’s four largest airports, as they are the only locations currently accepting international flights.\nUnlike other places, it will be the hotel’s responsibility to keep an eye on travellers and report any non-compliance to the authorities. \nThey’ll work alongside security companies, with penalties of up to $750,000 and jail time for those refusing to comply.