Travellers to Canada must now use the ArriveCAN app as part of efforts to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. This free app was introduced in April, 2020, in an effort to help travellers comply with border measures, a government media release says. It is available as a mobile app or online.
Here is what you need to do before and after coming to Canada.
Before arriving in Canada
Starting November 21, air travellers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information through ArriveCAN before boarding. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless they are exempt), and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.
Travellers will need to show their ArriveCan receipt when seeking entry to Canada. Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers will verify that travellers have submitted their information digitally.
Travellers who do not comply could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from a verbal warning to a $1,000 fine. Exceptions will be provided to those who are unable to submit documents due to personal circumstances such as having a disability or inadequate infrastructure.
Beginning November 4, air travellers will be reminded by their air carrier that they will need to submit COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN before boarding their flight to Canada.
Beginning immediately, travellers seeking entry to Canada by land or marine are strongly encouraged to use ArriveCAN before they arrive to avoid delays and to limit points of contact when they reach the border. They can also show their ArriveCAN receipt to a border services officer when they seek to enter Canada.
After arriving to Canada
As of November 21, 2020, all travellers who enter Canada by air, land, or marine will also need to submit information through ArriveCAN or by calling the toll-free number: 1-833-641-0343 during their quarantine period. Those exempt under the Mandatory Isolation Order do not need to complete this procedure.
Within 48 hours of arriving to Canada, travellers must confirm they have arrived at their place of quarantine. In addition, they must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during the quarantine period.
Travellers who do not use ArriveCAN to submit their information prior to arriving to Canada will be required to call the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number on a daily basis during the quarantine period to provide their information. They will not be able to use ArriveCAN. Travellers will be on high priority for follow up by Canadian law enforcement if they do not submit their mandatory information.
The purpose of these measures is to reduce the spread of COVID-19, delays at the border, and physical contact between travellers, CBSA officers, and other government officials. Unless one falls under an exemption, all travelers to Canada are, by law, to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
The Canadian government stressed in today’s news release that ArriveCAN respects traveller’s privacy and does not contain a GPS to track the movements of travelers.
Also, travellers who are ArriveCAN users will use dedicated lanes at airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto (Pearson), and Montreal to expedite processing upon arrival.
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