Stricter border controls for travellers to begin Feb. 22


OTTAWA — Strict new quarantine and testing measures for travellers arriving in Canada will begin Feb. 22.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the new measures are necessary to protect Canadians and help stop the spread of COVID-19, especially new variants.

The government had previously announced incoming travellers will have to pay the cost of a 72-hour hotel stay and a COVID-19 test.

More details of how that will work and who will be covered will come later today.

Trudeau says there will be exceptions for some essential workers but says no one should be travelling for any non-essential reason right now.

Those arriving in Canada are already subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine and many must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their arrival.

More coming.


  1. What a great idea for a year ago.
    What an inept government to enact precautions so late in the game that common sense would have said should be the very first thing to do.
    Trudeau is single handedly responsible for Canada lagging so badly with covid – we’re at par (or worse) than developing nations.
    What was his excuse for ignoring Canada’s national pandemic response plan, because evil Mr. Harper’s government wrote it with Dr Tam?
    One thing the previous government was right about, Trudeau wasn’t ready to be PM and now we’re suffering because of it.

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