Air travellers to Canada to follow new quarantine rules effective today
Canada/IBNS: All travellers to Canada would have to follow new rules including advance booking of government-approved quarantine hotels, taking a COVID-19 test after arriving in Canada, and spend up to three days of their 14-day quarantine period in a designated hotel to await their test results, media reports said.
The new rules will be effective from Monday (Canada time).
Air travellers to Canada were assured by the Public Health Agency of Canada that they would not be charged for their post-arrival COVID-19 test.
A dedicated phone line to reserve a room for three nights is made available to travellers to Canada with no option for online booking.
Travellers with negative test results can leave immediately and finish the rest of their 14-day quarantine at home. People who test positive will be required to finish their quarantine at a designated government facility.
"Our government has been extremely clear that very few exemptions will be consented to, and they're really related to essential travellers," Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister of Health said on Friday during a news conference.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)