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Here Are All The New Air Travel Rules That Take Effect In Toronto Starting Today

Mandatory COVID-19 tests for international travellers begin at noon.

Last Friday, Trudeau announced a series of new international travel rules in Canada, several of which have already come into effect.*

In addition to flight suspensions, changes at Canada's major airports, and new hotel quarantine measures, Ontario's premier has also introduced mandatory COVID-19 tests for all international arrivals at Toronto's Pearson Airport. 

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As of Monday, February 1 at 12:01 p.m., these travellers will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing before they can exit Toronto's major airport.

This comes into effect just one day after Canada suspended all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until at least April 30, 2021.

In addition, international flights are only permitted to land at four major airports in Canada.

These include Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.

While this measure has been in place since March 2020, it has been expanded to include the U.S., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America — all of which were previously exempt.

Coming into effect as early as this Thursday, February 4, international travellers arriving in Canada will have to quarantine in a hotel, at the traveller's expense. 

They will be required to remain there for three days, or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, at which point they can go home for the remainder of their 14-day quarantine.

Those who fail to comply could face fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

The Canada-U.S. land border remains closed to non-essential travel. This closure has been extended ten times, with the latest extension set to expire on February 21, 2021.

*This article has been updated.

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