Covid-19: Travel Restrictions And Advice

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OTTAWA: Effective 11:59 pm (EST) January 6, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada.

Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements.

Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties. To limit the spread of COVID-19, travellers entering Canada must follow the rules set out by the emergency orders under the Quarantine Act.

Instructions for travellers entering Canada
No one should travel when sick. Commercial airline restrictions may also prevent you from boarding your plane if you’re sick. However, Canadians, persons with status under the Indian Act and permanent residents who have COVID-19 symptoms are allowed to return to Canada.

When entering Canada, you’ll be:
• asked if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing
• required to acknowledge that you must: quarantine for 14 days if you don’t have  symptoms or
◦ isolate for 14 days if you have symptoms
• asked if you have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine, where:
◦ you’ll have access to basic necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months
◦ you won’t have contact with people
▪ are 65 years or older
▪ have underlying medical conditions
▪ have compromised immune systems
◦ you won’t be in a group or community living arrangement such as:
▪ industrial camps
▪ student residences
▪ construction trailers
▪ residential or long-term care facilities
▪ sharing a small apartment
▪ living in the same household with large families or many people
▪ having roommates who haven’t travelled with you that you can’t avoid
• given instructions about the actions you must take under the emergency order and the penalties for non-compliance
Travellers entering Canada must:
• provide traveller contact information through:
◦ the ArriveCAN mobile app or
◦ the ArriveCAN website or
◦ a paper form
• undergo screening by a border official
• answer any relevant questions:
◦ when you arrive in Canada
◦ during your 14-day period while in quarantine or isolation
Government of Canada representatives at Canadian ports of entry will:
• administer the emergency orders on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada
• assess your potential risks to public health under the Quarantine Act
• determine if you: have suitable plans for quarantine or isolation
◦ need to be transferred to a designated quarantine facility, if no other suitable options are available
◦ have no symptoms of COVID-19 and can continue domestic travel to your place of quarantine

The information border officials collect helps the Public Health Agency of Canada with its compliance and enforcement efforts. Providing false or misleading information is an offence under the Quarantine Act and can result in fines and potential prison time.

You may be eligible for reduced quarantine time if you’re a traveller arriving at:
• Calgary International Airport or
• Coutts land border

Border restrictions
If you’re a foreign national (not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada), you won’t be able to enter Canada if you have COVID-19 symptoms. The exception is if you’re a protected person

under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
There are currently restrictions for discretionary (optional) travel to Canada:
• at the Canada-U.S. border
• from any country other than the U.S.
Discretionary travel includes, but is not limited to, tourism, recreation and entertainment.

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