Snowbirds preparing to return home by road will have to demonstrate, as of Monday, that they are not carriers of COVID-19, as if they were arriving at the airport.
“As of next Monday, February 15, when you return to Canada via land borders, you will have to provide a negative test result no later than 72 hours, as for the return by plane,” announced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. , Tuesday.
In the case of non-essential trips, travelers boarding a plane bound for Canada must be subject to the same obligation since January 7, otherwise they cannot board.
Those who arrive at the land border without a test in hand could be fined $ 3,000.
On the other hand, they will not be turned away, because “it is not legal for Canada to deny the right of entry to Canadian citizens”, clarified Mr. Trudeau.
Even travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 abroad will have to test negative on arrival, and self-isolate, warned the chief administrator of the federal public health agency, Dr. Theresa Tam. .
The mandatory three-day hotel quarantine at a cost of $ 2,000, however, would not apply to people arriving by land, at this time.
The government has still not said when exactly this quarantine will begin to be imposed on exiting airports.
The Canadian Snowbird Association has said it supports drug testing, but “strongly” opposes mandatory hotel quarantine.
The group that represents more than 100,000 travelers believes that isolation at home, as currently required, is sufficient. But as the UK variant of COVID-19 spreads like wildfire in the United States, cross-border travel is of growing concern to authorities.