On January 29, Canada's federal government announced special measures to prevent further COVID-19 inflows and spread for the health and safety of its citizens. This measure has added more regulations on overseas arrivals while maintaining existing entry restrictions, so if you are planning to enter Canada, you must be familiar with it in advance.
As a first step, from January 31, 2021 to April 30, 2021, all Canadian flights to and from Mexico and the Caribbean, where COVID-19 is currently spreading, will be suspended. Therefore, in order to enter the country through Mexico or the Caribbean, you have to prepare to enter the country through a one-way route, not a direct flight to Canada.
Second, from February 3, 2021, Transport Canada will be able to enter only through four designated airports for international flights entering the country. The designated airports are Montreal Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport, which are available only through Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Other than the final destination, of the country through airports in the city and need to move to transfer to domestic flights. If you arrive at Canada International Airport, you will be subject to COVID-19 and immigration as soon as you arrive, so you need to make a reservation with enough time to arrive international and domestic flights. The move also included commercial flights from the previously excluded United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. From now on, the relevant commercial airliner must enter only through the four designated airports above.
Third, in addition to limited travelers, all travelers entering Canada must book at their own expense for three nights at a Canadian government-approved hotel and undergo a COVID-19 examination. I think this part of the presentation will have the most impact. It is estimated that it will cost more than $2,000 in Canadian dollars to stay at the hotel for 3 nights at your own expense and get a COVID-19 test. He said he would make an additional announcement about the details of this part.
Finally, travelers arriving via all land routes, such as commercial truck drivers, should submit a PCR voice confirmation within 72 hours, except for frequent travel to and from Canada and the United States.
Failure to comply may result in a six-month jail term or a maximum fine of $750,000 for failure to comply.
In addition, 14 days of self-isolation and 72 hours of PCR voice verification must be followed, so if you are considering entering Canada, you must check the regulations on entry restrictions in advance. This includes Canadian citizens and permanent residents, so if you are planning to leave the country soon, you must follow the same regulations as any other traveler upon re-entry. Such special measures seem to be intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but Canadian immigration has already announced that 400,000 people will be selected this year, so it is expected to proceed without any impact.