Most travelers should currently have a 14-day quarantine plan when they come to Canada, and if they don’t follow it, they could face fines or jail time. Travelers should show border officials that they have an adequate quarantine plan for two weeks, even if they have no symptoms of coronavirus.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has applied the mandatory quarantine period to travelers since April 15. They were also trained to check for symptoms of COVID-19.
These plans must be developed before the traveler attempts to cross the border. There are different quarantine instructions for symptomatic and asymptomatic travelers, but a CBSA spokesperson told CIC News that all of them may be subject to questions like:
Officers must be satisfied that the traveler will have access to basic needs during quarantine and that they will not have contact with vulnerable people such as those with pre-existing health conditions or who are over 65 years of age.
If the traveler does not have an appropriate quarantine plan, they will be referred to a member of staff from a public health agency. They can then be sent to a government-approved facility to fulfill the quarantine requirement if they are still allowed to cross the border.
Travelers will need to complete a contact information form, either on paper, online or on a mobile app. The information provided on the form is provided to the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor and enforce the quarantine requirement. Those who are both asymptomatic and exempt from quarantine because they cross the border to work, like truckers, do not have to complete the form.
The CBSA shares basic biographical data, contact information, and quarantine information with the public health agency, which then determines when and how to share this information with provincial authorities and law enforcement.
Two travelers have recently been charged with breaking the rules in Ontario and face a CAD $ 1,000 fine, reports the Globe and Mail. Quarantine requirements are currently in place until August 31.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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