New requirements for travellers

Countries requiring a negative COVID test for entry within their territory continue to increase. The United States has just been added to the list of countries requiring a COVID test for all passengers arriving on U.S. soil as of January 26, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Travellers, including U.S. travellers, will be required to provide a negative test result within the 3 days prior to their arrival in the United States. Canada is also a country where negative test result is required for entry in the territory, or for a return to our province of residence.

I am leaving for the United States: what are the requirements?

If you are planning to travel to the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding the requirement with a negative COVID-19 test result for all air passengers entering the United States. According to the CDC, pre, and post-arrival tests on U.S. soil are important elements in slowing the introduction and spread of COVID-19. All travellers to the United States will not only have to demonstrate a negative test carried out within 3 days of departure but will also have to submit a second negative test within 5 days after arrival at their destination. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more effectively protects the health of Americans. Variants of the CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmission of some of these variants. In the United States, which is already struggling with many cases, the tests required for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus while we work to vaccinate the U.S. public, claims the CDC. The CDC therefore expanded its requirements and asked all air passengers entering the United States to provide a negative test to COVID-19. "Pre- and post-travel testing is critical to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is designed to effectively protect the health of Americans and is consistent with the current phase. »

Before departing for the United States, air passengers are required to obtain a test within 3 days prior to departure to the United States, and to provide written documentation of their results to the airline. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test, or chooses not to test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. Not to mention, once at destination, travellers must be re-tested 3 to 5 days after arrival and must also quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.

I plan to return to Canada soon, do I have to provide a negative test result?

As of January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results to their airline prior to boarding on a return flight to Canada. Upon arrival, all travellers must submit to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.

The Government of Canada asks travelers to provide some information before they enter Canadian soil, the arrivecan app helps you verify if you can enter Canada by asking you to complete certain information required by the Government of Canada’s cross-border agency.

Keep in mind that the final decision on entry and quarantine is made by a Government of Canada cross-border services officer at the point of entry based on the information you will present to them upon arrival on Canadian soil.

Non-compliance with the rules can result in severe penalties ranging from a fine of up to $750,000 and even a prison sentence.

As of today, all indications show that the Canadian government will add new restrictions for travellers coming in to Canada. At this time, We still don't have a concrete date for an announcement, but with Family Day and March Break coming up, we are guessing this will happen soon.

You prefer to extend your stay at your destination, but your insurer does not allow you to extend your travel insurance, or you have not been able to obtain adequate travel insurance for your stay?

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