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Can travellers break their quarantine and leave Canada?

Mohanad Moetaz - 30 December, 2020

Can travellers break their quarantine and leave Canada min
Can travellers break their quarantine and leave Canada min

Travellers to Canada may be allowed to break their 14-day quarantine period and leave Canada, but are required to stay in quarantine until they travel.

All travellers to Canada are required by law to self-quarantine for 14 days, including Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This is one of the measures that the Canadian government is implementing to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Travellers may leave quarantine before the end of the 14-day period if they remain in quarantine until they travel, according to an email sent to CTV News from a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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In addition, travellers are required to have a quarantine plan. The plan must show where they will stay during the quarantine period, and how they intend to obtain food, groceries and medicine.

The email stated that if travellers do not intend to stay for 14 days, they should not travel to Canada.

Those who have COVID-19 symptoms may be turned away at the Canadian border, even if they are exempt from the travel restrictions. This is not the case, however, for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Travellers who are in quarantine may receive approval from the federal government to be released from quarantine for a compassionate reason, such as attending a funeral or a loved one's final moments. However, the approval must be obtained prior to travelling.

Travellers who are showing COVID-19 symptoms and wish to leave Canada before their 14-day quarantine, must wait until they are asymptomatic, or hold a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 result.

What you need to know before going into quarantine?

All travellers arriving in Canada are required by law to quarantine for 14 days. Failing to quarantine may result in six months in prison or up to CAD $750,000 in fines.

For the entire 14 day period, travellers must stay in their place of quarantine. They must be able to obtain food and medicine without leaving, and must not welcome any guests, even if they intend to stay two metres apart.

Travellers can only leave quarantine if they have a medical emergency, or if they have received approval prior to travelling to Canada. 

They are also now required to download the ArriveCAN mobile application before coming to Canada, where they will be required to fill in their flight details and personal details. In addition, they will be required to complete a daily self-assessment on the mobile application.

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