February 27, 2021

Canada will soon need a negative COVID test at the land border

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that any essential travelers coming to Canada by land starting next week should show a negative PCR-based Covit-19 test or be fined if they do not.

Trudeau said customs officials could not deport Canadians to the United States without a check because they were technically on Canadian soil, but the fine would be up to Canadian $ 3,000 (US $ 2,370) and the traveler would be detailed. Follow up by health officials if no negative test is shown.

The so-called snowflakes that live in the warmer US states are included in the part-time COVID-19 test requirement.

The land border is already closed for non-Canadian essential travelers.

Individuals already arriving by air in Canada must show a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test within three days of arrival. Arrival checks will soon be mandatory at all four Canadian airports where international flights are allowed.

Last month, in response to the Corona virus novel’s new, more epidemic, Trudeau announced stricter restrictions on passengers – including forcing passengers to be isolated in a hotel at their own expense when arriving. But the government has not yet announced when the mandatory hotel accommodation will start.

The passenger will stay in a hotel designated by the government until the results of a negative PCR test are available. The government said the three-day stay would cost the Canadian more than $ 2,000 ($ 1,570). A test will be required on the 10th day after people return.

The steep cost of hotel accommodation includes the cost of a private PCR test, security, food and measures that designated hotels must keep their workers safe.

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Canada has suspended flights to Mexico and all Caribbean destinations until April 30.

Those already entering Canada must be self-isolated for 14 days.

Many more governments are thinking of ways to be more aggressive because of new variations, delays in vaccinations, challenges in vaccinating people, and strains in health care systems.

Canadian authorities have been urging Canadians to cancel all essential travel and are trying to eliminate it.