Air travellers arriving in Canada must quarantine in a hotel starting February 22
Air travellers arriving in Canada must quarantine in a hotel for three (3) days at their own expense starting February 22, 2021.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the final details on the new Coronavirus safety measure at a press conference on February 12.
Air travellers must also take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test once they land at the airport. Justin Trudeau stated that the three (3) day quarantine will be in a government approved hotel, government facility, to allow enough time for the results of the PCR test to come back. The tests that incoming travellers will take are more accurate than rapid tests.
The Prime Minister stated that the decision to make air travellers quarantine in a hotel is not a punishment, it is just to allow enough time for the PCR test to be analyzed accurately. Once travellers receive a negative result, even after just one (1) day, they may return home or where they will be spending their fourteen (14) day quarantine. Travellers will be released so long as they can provide sufficient plans for their two (2) week quarantine.
The estimated cost for travellers is $2,000.00 while quarantining in a hotel. Hotel staff are required to provide transportation to and from the airport, provide meals, and allow access to internet, television, and a radio to travellers.
International flights arriving in Canada are only allowed to land in the four main cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. In addition to the PCR test travellers must take upon arrival, they need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before departing from an international airport. The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure.
Travellers must download the ArriveCAN app on their phones. It is a government app that is meant to help travellers understand and follow Coronavirus measures at the border and after arrival.