The federal government has released a list of authorized hotels that quarantined travellers can use upon returning to Canada.
Earlier this month, health officials announced additional measures for international travellers coming into Canada. Starting February 22, they’ll have to take a second COVID-19 test upon arriving in the country and a third at the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
While they await their results, they will be required to quarantine at a supervised hotel at their own expense. Accommodations will cost $2,000 per person – which includes the cost of private tests and the hotel stay.
The Westin Wall Centre at the YVR Vancouver International Airport is the only hotel in British Columbia that has been authorized for use so far. The federal government stresses, however, that “the list of hotels is incomplete and will be finalized in the coming days.”
Multiple hotels are currently authorized for use in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
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A three-night stay at an approved hotel must be booked prior to arrival in Canada, said Health Minister Patty Hajdu in an earlier press conference.
If travellers test negative for COVID-19, they will be allowed to complete the rest of their 14-day quarantine at home, albeit with enhanced supervision, or continue to their final destination.
If they receive a positive test result, though, they will be taken to a government facility.
Vaccinated individuals will not be exempt from the new measures.
Earlier this month, the federal government implemented stricter travel measures requiring all air travellers bound for Canada to present a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test in order to fly.
In addition, beginning next week, all international flights will only be allowed to land at four airports; Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.
As well, major Canadian airlines are cancelling air service to sun destinations, including the Caribbean and Mexico, starting this Sunday until April 30.
With files from Zoe Demarco.