The new measure is in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases across the country, confirmation that the new UK variant has entered Canada and mounting pressure from Quebec’s health minister Christian Dubé for the federal government to intensify COVID-19 screening of arriving travellers. The test must be a PCR test, which is currently considered the most effective coronavirus test.
The new testing requirement will be in addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine that is already in place. If you violate quarantine you could be liable to 6 months imprisonment or $750K in penalty.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The announcement was made in a video update released jointly by Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, and Major-General Dany Fortin (vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada and head of the country’s vaccine distribution efforts), federal ministers Dominic LeBlanc (intergovernmental affairs), Patty Hajdu (health) and Bill Blair (public safety and emergency preparedness).
There has been an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Canada since the winter kicked in. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 572,982 cases of COVID-19, including 15,472 deaths reported in Canada. At this time, there are 72,927 active cases across the country with an average of 6,375 new cases being reported daily (December 24-30).
Several cases of the new COVID-19 variant identified in the United Kingdom have now been reported in Canada (Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec). It is expected that other variants of concern will likely be found in Canada as monitoring continues.
Requirements after you’ve entered Canada
All travellers, whether you travel by air, land or sea, must report daily after your entry into Canada. If you’re exempt from having to quarantine, you don’t have to report after you’ve entered.
You must report to:
confirm that you’ve arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location within 48 hours of your entry into Canada
complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments until the completion of your quarantine period or until you report symptoms
If you don’t complete your reporting after you’ve entered Canada, you may receive phone calls or public health follow-ups.
Checklist for travellers to Canada – Canada travel restrictions update
Travellers entering Canada are subject to COVID-19 entry screening, regardless of their country of origin or mode of entry.
Travellers must install the ArriveCAN mobile application prior to travelling to Canada. They must provide personal information as well as their flight details. They are also required to complete a daily self-assessment on the application.
Travellers must have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 obtained up to three days prior to travel.
Travellers must have a 14-day quarantine plan. They must know how they intend to reach their place of quarantine and how they intend to obtain essential items such as food, groceries or medicine.
Travellers must confirm arrival at their quarantine or isolation location within 48 hours.
Travellers must complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during their 14-day quarantine or isolation period.