The Canadian government is extending its travel restrictions on non-U.S. international travel into Canada until at least Feb. 21st, 2021, announced Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on Wednesday (Jan. 20).
Minister Blair shared the update on his Twitter account.
As such, Canada's borders will stay closed to travellers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents if their purpose of travel is non-essential. (With some exemptions made for the purpose of family reunification).
Canada's mandatory 14-day quarantine order for all international arrivals, a law that has been in place since March 2020 under the Quarantine Act, remains untouched.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the Canada-United States land border would remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Feb. 21, 2021.
The non-essential travel ban has been extended 30 days at a time since it was first introduced on March 21.
Also, since Jan. 7, 2021, air travellers five years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours, to their airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada.
All travellers entering Canada will continued to be screened by health officials and must submit their contact information, a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and quarantine plan through either the ArriveCAN mobile app or ArriveCAN website.
Travellers wishing to enter Canada must show their ArriveCAN receipt to border services officers before and after clearing customs.
"With some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world we’ve taken strong action at our borders to fight #COVID19 w/ enhanced screening measures + pre-arrival testing for anyone entering our land or air borders, and mandatory 14-day quarantine for non-essential travellers," Blair tweeted.
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