The federal government says it will require all air travellers, including Canadians, to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test three days before their arrival in Canada, Global News reports.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says cabinet ministers decided this morning to quickly enact the new requirement. According to Global, it will come into effect in the next few days.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says additional Canada Border Service Agency agents will be stationed at border crossings and airports to ensure travellers understand the newly tightened rules. Blair emphasized the new rule does not replace the 14-day quarantine period.
The move, which has caught the travel industry off guard, follows criticism that federal travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been too lax.
One tour operator Open Jaw spoke with found the initiative a complete surprise.
On 30DEC at 4:57 pm, Open Jaw clarified that the new rule would not replace the 14-day quarantine period.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ’s newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she’s new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.