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Breaking down Canada’s Border Restrictions and Quarantine Rules during COVID-19

Breaking down Canada’s Border Restrictions and Quarantine Rules during COVID-19

One of the biggest impacts that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on Canada has been the ability for people enter/re-enter the country, whether they are a Citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Temporary Resident. This impact has led to a lot of confusion because of the constantly changing rules that the Government of Canada has been placing and the requirements one must fulfill when crossing the border either by air or by car. We hope that this blog post can serve as a guide to navigate the various restrictions on travel and assist you in making your journey to Canada as stress-free as possible.

Quarantine Restrictions on all Travellers Coming to Canada 

This section applies to all individuals who cross the border in Canada whether they are a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Temporary Resident (those entering Canada on a Visitor Visa, Work Visa or Student visa). The major difference between air travel and travelling by car is that air travel requires a mandatory 3-day hotel stay at a sanctioned hotel at one of Canada’s 4 cities that are accepting international flights.

(A) Travelling by Air• Regardless of your citizenship, all travellers aged 5 years and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada. The test must be a molecular test, not an antigen test.• You must use the ArriveCan App to enter your travel and quarantine plans prior to arriving in Canada.• You also must take a second COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada.• While waiting for the results of this second test, you must stay in a government-authorized hotel. You must reserve your stay at this hotel prior to arriving in Canada. Right now, only Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver are accepting international flights, thus you must stay in one of these three cities. The cost of staying at these hotels is the responsibility of the traveller.• Once you have received a negative result on your second COVID-19 test result, you will be allowed to leave the quarantine hotel and continue to your destination. Note that you still must complete the 14-day quarantine. For example, if you arrived in Toronto and quarantined for 2 days in the government-sanctioned hotel and your destination is Ottawa, you must quarantine for another 12 days at a proper dwelling in Ottawa.• You also must take a third test at the 10-day mark of your quarantine. You will be provided a kit to do your test at home and instructions on how to ship the test kit.• Once you are done your mandatory 14-day quarantine and you have tested negative on the 10-day test, you will be allowed to leave your location of quarantine. You still must adhere to provincial and regional rules regarding COVID-19.

(B) Travelling by Car from the United States• Regardless of your citizenship, all travellers aged 5 years and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of your entry to Canada. The test must have been performed in the United States. The test must be a molecular test, not an antigen test.• You must use the ArriveCan App to enter your travel and quarantine plans prior to arriving in Canada.• You also must take a second COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada at the point of entry.• After the Canadian border officer has assessed your test results, administered a new test and checked your quarantine plans, you will be instructed to drive directly to your place of quarantine where you will stay for 14 days.• You also must take a third test at the 10-day mark of your quarantine. You will be provided a kit to do your test at home and instructions on how to ship the test kit.• Once you are done your mandatory 14-day quarantine and you have tested negative on the 10-day test, you will be allowed to leave your location of quarantine. You still must adhere to provincial and regional rules regarding COVID-19.

Are you interested in further understanding Canada’s Border Restrictions and how to navigate them? We at AP Lawyers are always happy to help our clients with these applications. Contact us today to book your consultation at (905) 492-7662 or admin@y-canada.com or visit our website https://ycanada.ca to start the process.

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