The new travel measures announced by Ottawa on Friday continue to raise several questions among Quebeckers.
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Here are our responses to some of them.
My spouse is due to go on a work trip to the United States. He is an infrastructure engineer. Should he quarantine himself at the hotel before leaving?
When it comes to essential travelers, there is a public list on the Canadian government website. This list helps essential travelers, including engineers, who absolutely must travel. They therefore do not necessarily need to undergo a mandatory quarantine on their return.
Will snowbirds have to go into mandatory quarantine at the hotel?
If they come back in three months by plane, yes. Snowbirds arriving by car will be required to present a drug test result upon their return home.
Should a snowbird who got vaccinated in Florida do a hotel quarantine?
Yes. The Canadian government does not grant privileges to people vaccinated at this time. The contamination is so important in the United States that Ottawa has decided not to take a chance.
Can we denounce a neighbor who does not respect his quarantine and who returns from an all-inclusive in Mexico?
You can do it. You can contact the municipal police or the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). The authorities will be able to carry out checks if this quarantine is not respected.
When I drive back from Florida, do I have to present my drug test results?
For the moment no. Over the next few days, Ottawa will confirm that it will however be necessary to present a negative drug test result at the land border. Truckers and essential travelers will not have to take a test.
Will I be able to get a refund from Transat if my trip in February is canceled?
Yes. The carrier has confirmed this in the last few hours.
My father is in Mexico. His return is scheduled for mid-February. What does he have to do?
He could call his airline. Repatriation flights will be organized over the next few days.
Are stays in Ontario prohibited? I have a residence near Ottawa and I go there on the weekends.
Not at the moment. The government does not intend to close the border between Quebec and Ontario.