What Are Canada's New COVID-19 Traveling Rules?
The Canadian government recently announced new rules regarding international travel to/from Canada. These rules were implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is important to understand the new rules, as severe penalties are in place for those that do not adhere to the regulations. Here is a breakdown of Canada's new COVID-19 traveling rules.
- All travelers entering Canada must quarantine for 14 days.
- All travelers entering Canada must present an airline with a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before their flight.
- All travelers entering Canada will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to Canada.
- All people tested will have to stay at a COVID-19 approved quarantine hotel at the travelers cost for three days. This is during the time the traveler must await for the results of their test. The estimated cost of the stay is $2800/traveler.
- If the traveler refuses to quarantine at the hotel, then they may face a maximum penalty of up to $750,000 or up to 6 months in jail.
It is still unclear when these rules will be put into effect. Plus it is unknown if exemptions apply for essential workers or those traveling for medical care.
Many feel that these new travel rules will help dramatically reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections. While statistics haven't been supplied as to how air travel is contributing to COVID-19 spread, it is known that many flights have contained infected travelers.
Questions still remain though in regards to the rules upon staying in the required hotels. Can the traveler use the fitness center? What about the pool? Can they go into the lobby? If they are allowed to do any of the aforementioned questions, then they may be around other travelers that could possibly be infected. Does the traveler have to undergo rapid testing while quarantining? Can they order in food while at the hotel?
We will continue to update through the FeverFilter blog on any future information regarding these new travel restrictions. We hope they help contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 at all Canadian entry locations.