Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced on Sunday (Nov. 29) that Canada will extend its mandatory 14-day quarantine order and temporary travel restrictions for all travellers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the U.S., until January 21, 2021.
Travel restrictions for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. remain in place until Dec. 21, 2020 and may be extended at that time.
In a release, the Canadian government says it will continue to evaluate the travel restrictions and prohibitions as well as the requirement to quarantine or isolate on an ongoing basis to ensure Canadians remain healthy and safe.
"Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is my most important responsibility. We have introduced a number of policies to keep Canadians safe but must remain flexible and adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, while keeping your health as our top priority," stated Minister Blair.
The ability to align U.S. and international travel extension dates, as well as the Mandatory Isolation Order, beginning on January 21, 2021 will enable the Government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travellers.
New framework for sports events
In addition, Canada is creating a framework for considering applications from high-performance amateur sport organizations seeking to hold International Single Sport Events.
To be considered, applicants would need to include written commitments of ongoing support from provincial/territorial and local public health authorities and provincial/territorial governments, as well as a robust plan to protect public health and the health of participants.
Authorization would be issued by the Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Additional information will be available on the Department of Canadian Heritage's web site shortly.
At all Canadian ports of entry, the final determination on a traveller's admissibility is made by border services officers who base their decision on the information presented and available to them at the time of entry.
"Canada's response to COVID-19 is based on the latest scientific evidence. We will continue to adapt our public health measures this way and remain committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians," stated Minister Hajdu.
ArriveCAN app now mandatory
The Canadian government recently unveiled new mandatory requirements for the electronic submission of information through its new ArriveCAN app.
Since Nov. 21, air travellers destined for Canada have been required to submit a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and quarantine plan through the app before boarding their flight.
Travellers wishing to enter Canada must show their ArriveCAN receipt to border services officers before and, in some cases, after clearing customs.
Travellers who do not provide the required information electronically before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, ranging from verbal warnings to a $1,000 fine.
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