Here's what positive COVID-19 travellers can expect at Canada's borders

Feb 23 2021, 7:25 am

With new COVID-19 measures in effect, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mapped out what travellers who tested positive for coronavirus can expect at Canada’s borders.

As of Monday, new regulations went into effect at Canadian borders across the country, designated to contain transmission of COVID-19, especially against the highly-contagious variants.

Travellers arriving in Canada are now required to present proof of negative test results within 72 hours before entering the country.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Trudeau detailed what Canada-bound travellers can now expect at both land and air borders.

Trudeau says travellers returning through Canadian land borders will need to take a PCR test when they arrive, on top of the negative test results needed before arrival.

“Toward the end of your 14-day quarantine, you’ll be required to take another PCR test,” said the Prime Minister.

Trudeau says all travellers who enter Canada, whether by land or air, will need to submit travel details and contact information through the ArriveCAN app before arrival. The PM says travellers must “also submit a suitable quarantine plan.”

Anyone entering Canada is required to self isolate for 14 days and take a second test at the end of their home confinement.

On Monday, the Government of Canada said “further testing” for travellers at land ports of entry is part of the country’s new requirements as “new COVID-19 variant detections are increasing.”

As of February 22, to meet day one arrival requirements, the COVID-19 tests can be taken either at the traveller’s quarantine location or at a border testing site.

To help travellers meet the new mandatory requirement upon entry into Canada, self-swab kits will be handed out at all 117 land points of entry across Canada. On-site testing is now provided at five high-volume land ports across Canada and an additional 11 ports by March 4.

The five high-volume ports of entry are as follows:

  • St. Bernard de Lacolle (Highway 15), QC
  • Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, ON
  • Douglas, BC
  • Coutts, AB
  • St. Stephen 3rd Bridge, NB

These additional 11 high-volume ports of entry will offer on-site testing beginning March 4, 2021:

  • Ambassador Bridge, ON
  • Fort Erie (Peace Bridge), ON
  • Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, ON
  • Sarnia (Blue Water Bridge), ON
  • Pacific Highway, BC
  • Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge, ON
  • Lansdowne (Thousand Islands Bridge), ON
  • St-Armand/Philipsburg, QC
  • Huntingdon, BC
  • Emerson, MB
  • Stanstead, QC

Now in effect, air travellers will need to take a second PCR test when landed before awaiting test results at a government-approved hotel, at travellers’ own expense.

If your results come back negative, you’ll be permitted to quarantine at home. “This quarantine is mandatory and will be enforced,” says Trudeau. “If your test results come back positive for COVID-19, you’ll be required to immediately quarantine in designated government facilities.”

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