New Quarantine And Testing Measures For Non-Important Air And Land Journey – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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New Quarantine And Testing Measures For Non-Important Air And Land Journey

19 February 2021

MLT Aikins LLP

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On February 12, 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau and the Authorities
of Canada introduced additional developments on the journey restrictions
being applied to curb the unfold of latest COVID-19 variants.

The Authorities of Canada beforehand reported that there could be
“multi-layered” measures applied in
the close to future. The announcement reiterated that non-essential
travellers arriving in Canada by land and by air can be topic to
COVID-19 testing upon arriving in Canada (After Arrival Testing).
Non-essential travellers arriving by air can even be topic to up
to 3 days of isolation at a government-approved lodge whereas
awaiting take a look at outcomes (Resort Isolation). After their Resort
Isolation, non-essential travellers arriving by air can then
proceed to their residence to finish what stays of their 14 days of
isolation. These necessities are along with the testing and
quarantine measures already in place.

These new necessities are slated to take impact February 22,
2021.

Air Journey Resort Isolation and After Arrival Testing

On February 22, 2021, guidelines relating to Resort Isolation and After
Arrival Testing will go into impact.

Non-essential air travellers can be obligated to take an After
Arrival Check for COVID-19. Whereas awaiting After Arrival Check
outcomes, non-essential travellers can be required to isolate at a
Authorities accredited lodge for a most of three nights. The
Authorities estimates travellers can pay as much as $2,000 for Resort
Isolation.

Travellers topic to the brand new guidelines should reserve a 3
evening keep at a Authorities accredited lodge earlier than boarding their
flight to Canada. The isolation lodge can be close to the airport in
one of many 4 cities licensed to obtain worldwide flights
(Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, or Toronto). A Authorities web site
setting out the accredited inns in every arrival metropolis can be
accessible by February 18, 2021. Travellers won’t be able to take
connecting flights to their residence vacation spot till the After
Arrival Check outcomes come again unfavourable.

If unfavourable take a look at outcomes are acquired at any time inside the
three days, the traveller can be allowed to proceed their journey
to their “residence” location to finish the remaining 14
days of isolation. Prices on the lodge could also be diminished if the keep
time is lower than the complete three days on the discretion of the
lodge. If the After Arrival Check outcomes come again constructive for
COVID-19, the traveller can be taken to a secondary Authorities run
isolation facility to complete their isolation interval. This secondary
Authorities isolation can be without charge to the traveller.

As soon as the traveller has returned residence, they are going to be required to
take one other COVID-19 take a look at close to the top of their 14 day isolation
interval. Travellers should contact their native public well being company to
organize for this extra take a look at.

The Authorities continues to state that these new guidelines will
apply to these returning to Canada by air from
“non-essential” journey functions and/or these arriving to
Canada for “non-essential” functions. The Authorities has
not supplied full particulars of who can be exempt. We are going to replace
this weblog as new particulars are supplied relating to
“important” journey exemptions.

Along with these new guidelines, air travellers are nonetheless required safe a COVID-19 take a look at inside 72
hours previous to boarding their flight. If travellers are unable
to supply unfavourable COVID-19 exams taken inside the specified time
interval, they may very well be denied boarding their flight.

Land Journey – Pre-Arrival Testing and After Arrival
Testing

As famous above, Resort Isolation will solely apply
to non-essential air journey. These arriving by land won’t be
required to isolate at a lodge.

Efficient February 15, 2021, travellers getting into Canada by land
should get hold of a unfavourable Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) COVID-19
take a look at end result inside 72 hours of entry. International nationals who arrive
with out correct testing can be denied entry to Canada. Canadians
and Everlasting Residents of Canada can’t be denied entry to Canada,
nevertheless, in the event that they arrive with out correct testing unfavourable sanctions
together with fines of as much as $three,000 and/or legal prosecution could
apply. Additional, the Authorities could require a Canadian or Everlasting
Resident of Canada who arrives with out correct testing to bear
obligatory isolation at a Authorities facility.

Efficient February 22, 2021, non-essential travellers getting into
Canada at a land port of entry can be required to take a speedy
COVID-19 take a look at after entry. The traveller can be allowed to
proceed on to their “residence” location to finish their
14-day isolation interval and await take a look at outcomes. The traveller will
then have to take one other take a look at close to the top of their 14 days
isolation. Travellers should contact their native public well being company
to rearrange for this extra take a look at.

Together with the brand new testing guidelines, efficient February 22, 2021,
it is going to be obligatory for land primarily based travellers to make use of the ArriveCAN
App, which beforehand solely utilized to people arriving by
air.

Present Impacts on Journey to Canada

Since no formal steering has been launched by the Authorities of
Canada, important personnel can nonetheless journey and in some instances are
exempt from the necessities to self-isolate upon entry. As soon as the
new guidelines are in impact, there’s an expectation that exemptions
will proceed to use to sure “important” travellers.
The immigration group at MLT Aikins can present
steering and help in guaranteeing that every one potential travellers
are absolutely conscious of their capability to journey and whether or not any
exemptions apply.

We are going to proceed to observe the restrictions and the exemptions
as they’re supplied by the Federal Authorities. To remain up-to-date
with all present immigration and COVID-19 updates, go to the MLT
Aikins COVID-19 Useful resource Centre.

The content material of this text is meant to supply a normal
information to the subject material. Specialist recommendation ought to be sought
about your particular circumstances.

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