From the beginning of this crisis, we have done everything in our power to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
This includes implementing some of the strongest border measures in the world, to test, screen, and quarantine incoming travellers to Canada.
In fact, as of last year, only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those with essential exemptions can enter the country – all others are barred from entry.
Thanks to these stringent measures, air travel is down 95%, and less than 1% of COVID-19 transmission is travel related.
These measures include asking all travellers entering Canada to:
- Electronically submit their travel and contact using the ArriveCAN mobile app or by signing in online.
- Get tested and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing.
- Take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival to Canada, before leaving the airport.
- Proceed to a pre-booked quarantine hotel to wait for their test results.
- If negative, go directly to their place of quarantine to complete the rest of their 14-day quarantine.
- If positive, go to a designated quarantine facility.
- Complete a 14-day quarantine or risk a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.
- For travellers arriving by land, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival is now required, in addition to testing upon entry.
All flights from hotspots, including India and Pakistan, have also been cancelled as of April 22nd to protect Canadians from new variants of concern and support our healthcare workers across the country working tirelessly to save lives.
As we continue to fight this third wave, our government will continue to take decisive action to protect Canadians from COVID-19, no matter what it takes.