Canada has extended travel restrictions until March 21 for U.S. travellers, and until April 21 for travellers from other countries.
Since travel restrictions were last extended in January, Canada has tightened measures at the border. International flights are only being accepted at four Canadian airports. Canada’s four major airlines are suspending flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Also, incoming air travellers must now take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait for results in a government-approved hotel.
Travellers who are crossing the Canada-U.S. land border must also provide a COVID-19 test upon arrival. This test must have been taken within the 72 hours before attempting to cross the border.
With some of the strongest border measures in the world, we’re further strengthening our international travel restrictions to keep Canadians safe from emerging new #COVID19 variants. https://t.co/2RFHvMqXDi
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) February 15, 2021
Quarantine requirements have also been extended until April 21. All travellers to Canada must quarantine for 14 days. Only essential travellers, such as truck drivers, emergency services providers, and those who cross the Canada-U.S. border regularly for work, do not have to provide a COVID-19 test or undergo the mandatory quarantine requirement.
Some people are exempt from travel restrictions, such as:
The federal government is also allowing people to come to Canada for compassionate reasons, such as:
Before coming to Canada, compassionate travellers can fill out a an application to get limited release from quarantine before the 14 days are up.
The only other exemptions to the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement are:
In all cases, Canadian border services officers have the final say on who gets to enter the country.
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