Government of Canada updates mandatory requirements for travellers entering Canada
“As our knowledge about COVID-19 evolves, we continue to adjust our response to this epidemic. These changes will make it clearer to asymptomatic travellers arriving in Canada that they need to have an appropriate place to self-isolate, where they will not put any vulnerable people such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions at risk.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
“Canada’s response to COVID-19 is based on the latest scientific evidence. As we learn more about this illness, we must adapt our public health measures and our border measures appropriately. These new requirements for travellers are part of our multilayered pan-Canadian response to this epidemic. We will continue to keep Canadians informed about the risks of COVID-19 and the actions we must all take to plank the curve of this epidemic.”
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
This Order is mandatory and will come into force and be implemented one minute after midnight on April 15, 2020.
The Order applies to all people entering Canada, with few exceptions. Certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, or individuals who receive or provide other essential services to Canadians, are exempt from the requirements to quarantine themselves, as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry in Canada.
Persons exempt from mandatory quarantine are still required to wear an appropriate mask or face covering upon entry into Canada and while in transit, and should otherwise respect the intent of the Order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.
Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 or imprisonment for six months, or both, for failure to comply with this Order.
A person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening the Quarantine Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or imprisonment of up to three years, or both.
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
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