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Negative COVID-19 test mandatory for travel to Canada.

Canada’s new policy which went into effect on 7th January states that all travelers who are arriving to Canada will be required to obtain a negative covid-19 test result three days before their scheduled arrival.

Canada will also be deploying more border officials at its ports to ensure that the safety guidelines and policies are being followed throughout as to avoid any more spread of virus.

Travelers who arrive in Canada are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine and must provide the government a plan in which they need to state how they will procure groceries, food and medicine. Those who break the quarantine can be fined up to $750,000.

Government can give approval to some travelers to break their quarantine if they are travelling for compassionate reasons such as to attend a funeral or to spend time with a terminally ill relative.

This new policy has come into action after Quebec’s health minister, Christian Dube asked the federal government to intensify the covid-19 screening process at its major ports and tighten the policies for immigration.

These new policy is a result of recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Canada and also due to the emergence of new covid-19 strain in England. As of December 30, there are 550,000 ongoing covid-19 cases in Canada.

Canada has also started its biggest vaccination campaign and aim to vaccinate most of its population by September, 2021.

Guidelines for those who are travelling to Canada

  • Travelers are required to have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 obtained up to three days prior to travel.
  • Travelers must have a 14-day quarantine plan.
  • Travelers must install the ArriveCAN mobile application prior to travelling to Canada. They need to provide personal information as well as their flight details.

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