Canada to Implement New Testing and Quarantine Measures

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Government of Canada continues to take unprecedented action to protect the health and safety of Canadians by introducing new measures to help prevent further introduction and transmission of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus into Canada.

Residents are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel plans outside of Canada. Now is not the time to travel. Additionally, air travellers who decide to travel for non-essential reasons will face new expenses when they return to Canada. This is in addition to providing proof of a negative pre-departure test.

In the coming weeks, they will be required to:

  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost;
  • reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, while they await their test results.

Travellers will stay in and pay for their hotel, as well as all associated costs for food, cleaning and security, while they await the results of the COVID-19 molecular test they received on arrival.

More details on these new measures will be available on in the coming days.