All air travellers (including Canadians and Permanent Residents) with limited exceptions, will be required to:
These new restrictions will be in addition to the already required non-essential travel, 14-day quarantine and negative PCR COVID test result. Please see our articles related to the negative PCR test requirement pre-departure to Canada, and on mandatory information requirements on arrival using ArriveCan.
While border officers cannot deny entry to Canadians, anyone without valid test results could be issued a fine of up to CAD 3000. Similar to the air-travel testing obligation, exemptions from this requirement are extremely limited.
In addition to the above, Canada has suspended all flights on all Canadian airlines to and from Canada and Mexico and all Caribbean countries from 31 January 2021 to 30 April 2021.
These new requirements will impact employers who have employees travelling for essential purposes. Timelines will need to be adjusted to take into account these additional requirements.