New travel restrictions to Canada will be in place from next week

New rules around testing and hotel quarantining are coming into effect for air and land travelers headed to Canada.

Tom Lane

Written by Tom Lane
Published on 18.02.2021 12:45 (updated on 18.02.2021)

People who wish to travel to Canada from next week will have to adhere to new stricter COVID restrictions.

In a press release, the Canadian government announced requirements for travelers entering via land or air. From Feb. 22, travelers entering will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as towards the end of their quarantine period.

Meanwhile, travelers who enter via air will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive before exiting the airport, with another once again towards the end of their 14-day quarantining.

Travelers will also be required to book a three-night stay in a government-authorized hotel before they depart for Canada the website for booking hotels opens later today. All travelers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

There are some exceptions to the new rules including for government workers with a list of exemptions available here.

“I want to thank Canadians who continue to make sacrifices to protect each other from COVID-19. We continue to detect variants of concerns, and this is why we are putting these additional measures in place. Now is not the time to travel, so please cancel any plans you might have," said The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health.

A number of countries have brought in additional restrictions due to the discovery of COVID variants. Tougher measures for entering the United Kingdom came into effect this week, with two tests required for people during their quarantine period and Scotland implementing hotel quarantine for all international arrivals.

Germany also recently implemented new restrictions for both the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol region due to fears over the spread of variants of the coronavirus. while the Czech Republic introduced a new dark red traffic light option to its travel map earlier this month for countries deemed to be "very high risk".

A new map was released by the Czech Ministry of Health at the start of February, with Iceland and Vatican City the only places in Europe without some type of restrictions in place for reentry to the Czech Republic.