Travellers Entering Canada By Plane Will Soon Have To Plan Ahead & This Is Why

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Travellers Entering Canada By Plane Will Soon Have To Plan Ahead & This Is Why
Senior Editor

Following a pretty major update to the rules, travellers entering Canada will soon have to be prepared with plenty of documentation (and money!) upon their arrival.

In an announcement on January 29, Justin Trudeau confirmed that it will soon be mandatory for air passengers to take a COVID-19 test when entering Canada, in addition to the negative test needed to board a flight.

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$2,000+ The cost of hotel fees and testing fees

After landing, all passengers will be asked to use the ArriveCan app to share their details with border officials, as well as provide documentation related to their pre-departure negative COVID-19 test. 

After taking another COVID-19 test at the airport, non-essential travellers will be required to stay at a government-approved facility for at least three days while awaiting results.

Following this, they must complete a mandatory two-week quarantine, as laid out under the Quarantine Act.

A third test will be required on day 10 of the passenger’s isolation period.

The cost of the tests, and the government-approved hotel stay, must be covered by an individual if their reason for travel is considered discretionary.

This means returning Canadians could be required to fork out over $2,000 to cover associated costs.

Failing to comply with these travel restrictions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

While the federal government is yet to confirm the official start date for this new arrival process, Canada's transport minister suggested it could kick-in as early as February 4, 2021.

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.