Canada to require negative COVID-19 test from all global arrivals
Jan 01 2021
In the wake of criticism that federal travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been too lax, Ottawa plans to require travelers to test negative for COVID three days before landing in Canada.
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc made the announcement on December 30.
"We strongly advise against all discretionary travel", said Blair, while noting that Canadian governments can not stop citizens who choose to travel from returning home.
Travelers arriving in Canada, whether Canadian or not, are subject to 14-day quarantine or six months in jail and / or a fine of up to $ 750,000 (EUR 478,000).
No timeline was given for when the measures will take effect but officials said they will be implemented "quickly". The identification of new strains of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom and South Africa has only heightened concerns about cross-border spread of the virus.
However, the measures announced Thursday would not replace the existing quarantine period, government officials said. "It's an additional layer of protection", he said.
Some haven't, including politicians who now find themselves in hot water.
He was joined by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair who said that this is a "strong action" to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. He suggested Quebec might do something drastic to stem the tide of rising cases.
Among them is Rod Phillips, who resigned as Ontario's finance minister shortly after returning home Thursday morning from a two-week Caribbean vacation amid a provincewide lockdown.
Several provinces, including Ontario and Quebec, have locked out many areas during the holiday season and are facing record daily cases this week. The province also said 3,942 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday, for a total of 29,250.
She expected that other variants of concern will likely be found in Canada as monitoring continues.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
. A previous version said Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet wanted the government to reimburse affected travellers.