Nicole Bogart
CTVNewsca writer


New measures, forcing air travelers to pay the bill for mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival in Canada, will come into effect on February 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday

Under the new rules, travelers returning to Canada must take a COVID-19 test at the airport at their own expense and then spend the first three days of their quarantine in a supervised hotel while they wait for their results, and the bill for pay for their stay, which is expected to be over 2Will cost $ 000

During a press conference on Friday, Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the cost of hotels near the four international airports that accept international flights will vary However, the price for each stay includes hotel fees, food, and travel expenses

Those with negative results are allowed to make a connecting flight to their final destination within Canada and stay at home for the remainder of their two-week quarantine, while those with positive tests are sent to government-designated facilities

As of February15, individuals entering Canada across land borders must present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their arrival

As of Feb In 22, these travelers are required to perform a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival and towards the end of their 14-day quarantine

Basic workers such as truck drivers and emergency medical services, for whom 93 percent of travelers cross the border during this time, are exempt from this requirement. All other exemptions will be examined on a case-by-case basisâ ????

All travelers, whether by land or air, are required to submit their travel plans, contact information, and details of an “appropriate” quarantine plan using the ArriveCAN app, which makes it easy to travel to Canada from overseas before crossing the border or on board a flight

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trudeau said the measures were not intended to punish people, but to protect them and prevent non-essential travel

“We recognize that we need to be thoughtful and compassionate towards people who find themselves in extremely difficult situations and who absolutely need to travel,” he said

“We’re not trying to punish people, we’re trying to protect people. And protecting Canadians from the virus, discourages all non-essential travel, and ensures that people who need to travel do the things we can be sure of that they prevent the virus from spreading further in Canada, especially if it is new to variants

Trudeau notes that due to the requirement for a PCR test upon arrival in Canada, it may take two to three days before these test results are available

“As soon as they get the result of that PCR test, they can go home and quarantine themselves,” he said

“It is not a penalty to quarantine people for three days before they get the result. It’s just that we can get the negative result of this test”

International flights only arrive at airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.Those arriving in Canada are already subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine and many are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arrival

Further details on the mandatory hotel quarantine are expected to be announced later on Friday during a technical briefing

Trudeau says there will be exceptions for some key workers, but noted that no one should be traveling for a non-essential reason right now.He said this is especially important as new, more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus emerge around the world

“Nobody wants a third wave to start, especially one made up of new, more communicable variants that can create real challenges,” he told reporters on Friday

People are leaving after they met on Monday the 16th Arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on March 23, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathan Denette

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