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Canada Health Declaration (ArriveCan)

To quicken the entry process into Canada and help curb COVID-19 to ensure the safety and health of Canadians as well as visitors, the authorities have launched the ArriveCan system. This process makes it compulsory for visitors to provide their travel information. Let us take a look at its prominent aspects.

Covid-19 Travel Form to Be Filled Online

If you are to enter Canada via airway, land route, sea route, or by rail, you must compulsorily provide your contact details, travel itinerary and quarantine details about your arrival and also specify whether you have tested positive/negative for COVID-19 when entering Canada.

14 Day Quarantine

If you have qualified to enter Canada and you have no symptoms, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is compulsory and begins the day you reach Canada.

Even if you test negative for COVID-19 on your arrival, you are still required to quarantine, except if you belong to an approved federal and provincial COVID-19 project.

In case you are symptomatic when in quarantine, or test positive for COVID-19, you need to go through an extra 14 day-isolation. 

Exemption to the Quarantine

You could be exempt from the obligatory quarantine regulations under selected cases, including if you:

Are an essential services provider

Are responsible to ensure the flow of basic commodities or people

Are a recipient of medical treatment within 36 hours of entering Canada (unrelated to COVID-19)

Routinely travel through the border for work

Stay in a combined trans-border society

Nevertheless, certain provincial and regional limitations may still be necessary to follow (might include quarantine), according to your destination.

Travelers not Exhibiting Any Symptoms

A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for symptomless travelers, which begins the day they land in Canada.

Travelers Showing Symptoms 

Mandatory isolation

The Government of Canada has applied emergency action points to delay the commencement and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Self-isolation for 14 days is inevitable.

Besides, the travelers must submit their contact details and observe themselves for any coronavirus indications, complying with the requirements of the 'Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada' Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Requirements).

Your conformity with the respective conditions depends on authentication and implementation. Offenders could bear the brunt of being moved to a quarantine center along with penalties and/or detention.

There are regions and territories that may have added movement restrictions (for instance, no unnecessary trip to the specific province, restricted access to selected areas and others).

Using the ArriveCAN app, or Canada.ca/ArriveCAN online or by calling 1-833-641-0343, travelers must register their arrival at the isolation center, not later than 48 hours since their arrival in Canada.

If their symptoms deteriorate or new symptoms arise, they are to abide by the COVID-19 directives of the local public health authority.

To know more on likely exposure to COVID-19 through the trip (cruise liners, air travel, public transit and others.) or about the elements of risk of higher exposure and/or more critical illness, go to canada.ca/coronavirus.

Travelers might receive a call from 1-888-336-7735 or 1-888-200-4881 to confirm their compliance throughout their 14-day isolation. They will also get pre-recorded messages and reminders on their email IDs.

Travelers may also be contacted by the provincial or regional administration, within their 14-day isolation.

If federal and provincial or territorial guidelines vary, travelers must adhere to the more stringent directives.

Entry into Canada by Air

COVID-19 testing that is in place for travelers to Canada since January 7, 2021, requires flight passengers who are 5 years or older must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test outcome to the flight authorities before getting onboard international airlines headed to Canada.

All travelers to Canada must follow compulsory isolation or quarantine guidelines upon landing. Failing to adhere to the mandatory norms is a grave offence and violators are likely to face fines and punitive actions.

Entry to Canada by Land

Interim border constraints upon entering Canada are still in place. A large number of factors are involved when the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is deciding whether a traveler is allowed to enter Canada.

Travelers must keep in mind that the final decision lies with the border services officers present at the entrance point. Their decision is based on the information that is provided to them when the traveler enters Canada.

Besides temporary restrictions on entrance effective because of COVID-19, travelers are also required to fulfil the entry criteria corresponding to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide suitable travel and immigration paperwork. Citizens of other countries having symptoms will be denied entry into Canada.

Entry into Canada via Sea Route

Entrants into Canada do not generally need to practice a 14-day quarantine on entering Canada. However, under COVID-19 symptoms, they must isolate themselves.

If a marine traveler gets ill at sea, the local health authority, the port master's office and the shipping agency need to be informed.

Canada Border Services Agency is the Canadian customs authority that controls the country's border. They have rolled out further processes at all ports to manage travelers and staff.

How does quarantine differ from isolation?

The most common thing that every visitor would want to know is about the difference between isolation and quarantine.

Both are public medical procedures used for public safety by preventing exposure to patients of a contagious disease or those suspected of being affected.

Isolation means separating patients of a transmittable disease from people who are not ill.

Quarantine is the separation and restriction of the movement of people who were exposed to a transmittable disease to find out whether they would fall sick. These people could have been exposed to sickness and may not be aware of it, or they might be affected but are not symptomatic.

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