The Canadian government has announced stricter restrictions for travellers to the country amid the scare of more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus.
The restrictions include quarantine for the travellers in a hotel at their own expense, upon arriving in Canada.
It also includes suspension of all airline services to Mexico and the Caribbean until 30 April 2021.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the government will also introduce mandatory PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing at the airport for passengers returning to Canada, in addition to the pre-boarding test.
Trudeau said: “Travelers will then have to wait for up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2,000.
“Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine at home under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement. The measure will take effect in the coming weeks.”
The cost of the hotel stay includes the cost for a private PCR test, security, food as well as the cost of measures that the designated hotels have to take to keep their workers safe.
Travelers who are tested positive will immediately require quarantine in the designated government facilities to ensure that they are not carrying the more dangerous variants.
The government as well as the country’s main airlines have also agreed to suspend services to sunny destinations right away.
Trudeau said: “Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat are cancelling air service to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting Sunday until April 30.
“They will be making arrangements with their customers who are currently on a trip in these regions to organise their return flights.”