Almost a Third of Int’l Air Pax Allowed to Skip Quarantine Hotel, but Government Won’t Say Why

Almost one third of all air travellers arriving in Canada, about 88,000 pax, have been allowed to skip the mandatory stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel, according to the most recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The agency would not provide a breakdown of the reasons for these exemptions. Its data shows at least 30 per cent of international air travellers, unlike others, didn’t have to show proof of a pre-booked and fully paid stay at one of the approved hotels near the airports in the four cities in Canada allowed to accept international flights: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. In addition, many travellers have outright refused to go to a mandatory hotel — at least 798 of them have been issued tickets in just Ontario and B.C., facing a fine of up to $3,000 for each day of non-compliance, according to the latest reports.

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