Negative COVID-19 test required at Canada-U.S. land border

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All travellers going through the Canada-U.S. land border are required to show a negative COVID-19 test. The new policy will go into effect next week.

Canada is extending the requirement for travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test to land border travellers at the Canada-U.S. border as early as February 15. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement today stating that the test must be a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and must be done within 72 hours of arriving at the border.

Travellers who come to the border without proof of a negative PCR test could be refused entry or face fines up to $3,000.

The new policy is similar to the current one in place regarding air travellers arriving in Canada.

Travellers arriving to Canada by plane will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. Air travellers must also stay in a designated hotel for three (3) days awaiting results. This policy could cost travellers an estimated $2,000. The hotels are required to provide transportation to and from the airport and deliver food to rooms. The starting date for this new policy has not been released.

These tests and hotel stay are in addition to the mandatory fourteen (14) day quarantine order for all incoming travellers to Canada. The three (3) days in the hotel will contribute to the fourteen (14) day quarantine. All travellers arriving in Canada must download the ArriveCAN app on their phones to communicate with the government.

International flights are only allowed to land at four (4) Canadian airports: YVR, YYC, YYZ, and YUL (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal). Canadian airlines are also informed to cancel all flights to “sun” destinations.