Canada declares new mandatory conditions for travelers to Canada before and after arrival.
Travelers to Canada will soon be obliged to use the ArriveCAN app as part of attempts to help restrain the spread of the coronavirus.
The AriveCAN app was launched in April 2020 to help travelers comply with border measures. It is available as a mobile app and as an online sign in.
Read on to know what you need to do before and after coming to Canada.
Before arriving in Canada
From November 21, air travelers whose final stop is Canada must submit their information through ArriveCAN before boarding. It involves travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless they are exempt), and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.
Travelers will be asked to show their ArriveCan receipt when seeking entry to Canada. Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers will verify their information digitally.
Travelers who do not comply could be subject to enforcement action, ranging from a verbal warning to a $1,000 fine. Exemptions will be provided to those who cannot present documents due to personal circumstances such as having a disability or inadequate infrastructure.
Beginning November 4, air travelers will be reminded by their air carrier that they will need to submit COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN before boarding their flight to Canada.
After arriving in Canada
As of November 21, 2020, all travelers who enter Canada by air, land, or marine will also be required to submit information through ArriveCAN or by calling the following toll-free number: 1-833-641-0343 during their quarantine period. Those exempt under the Mandatory Isolation Order do not need to complete this procedure.
Within 48 hours of arriving in Canada, travelers must confirm they have arrived at their quarantine place and complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during the quarantine period.
These measures aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19, delays at the border, and physical contact between travelers, CBSA officers, and other government officials.
Unless one falls under an exemption, all travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
Travelers are also offered dedicated lanes for ArriveCAN users at airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto (Pearson), and Montreal to expedite processing upon arrival.