Travelers to Canada will have to quarantine in hotels at their own expense and airlines are suspending flights to southern destinations, this rule further tightening restrictions to slow Covid-19’s spread. New arrivals will have to pay to quarantine in hotels for up to three days under strict supervision,
Ottawa is also stepping up Covid-19 testing and Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat are canceling air service to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting Sunday until April 30.
Starting next week, all incoming flights to Canada will be directed to land at one of only four airports — in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
In addition to pre-boarding testing already required, travelers “as soon as possible in the coming weeks” will be given mandatory PCR testing upon arrival.
They will have to wait for those results at designated hotels for up to three days at their own expense, which will cost Can$2,000 (US$1,600).
If their test comes back negative, they’ll be permitted to complete their full 14-day quarantine at home “under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement. The steep cost for the hotel stay includes the cost for a private PCR test, security and food, and the cost of measures the designated hotels will have to take to keep their workers safe.
Those with positive tests will be moved to a government quarantine facility.