Effective April 16th, the Government of Canada is requiring all travellers returning to Canada from abroadto provide Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) with a “credible quarantine plan.” If a traveller’s quarantine plan is considered inadequate, they will be required to self-isolate for 14-days in a quarantine location such as a hotel at a cost covered by the federal government.
The new requirement, which was announced yesterday, is an update on the current policy which mandates that all asymptomatic travellers returning to Canada self-isolate for 14-days. According to the Government of Canada, a suitable place to quarantine is one where you will have basic necessities such as food and medication, and where you will not have contact with vulnerable people such as those with underlying medical conditions. Furthermore, you must wear a non-medical mask or face covering while traveling to the place you will quarantine (self-isolate).
Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.
The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 updated travel advice, including detailed information on isolation and self-isolation requirements, can be found here.
We continue to monitor this evolving situation closely and will provide members with timely updates as new information becomes available.