The Canadian government has released a list of some of the hotels that are allowed to accommodate international air travelers for the mandatory quarantine requirement.
As of February 22, international air travelers to Canada must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. They must then wait for the results of this test at a government-approved facility for up to three days.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously announced the new measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus in January. At that time, he estimated the cost to travelers would be around $ 2,000.
But according to reports published by the Canadian press, the actual cost for travelers is much lower. Two hotels at Toronto Pearson International Airport say their mandatory quarantine programs range from $ 319 to $ 339 for a single person. The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel would cost $ 1,272 plus tax, which includes food for three days and security.
These hotels are located in the four Canadian cities that currently accept international air travel: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. This is not the complete list, as more will be finalized in the coming days, according to the government's webpage.
Government-authorized Hotels for 3-day quarantine
Vancouver International Airport
Calgary International Airport
Toronto Pearson Airport
Montreal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport
Ways to book a hotel for quarantine
The federal government website has provided two numbers to book your stay: 1-800-294-8253 toll-free from North America and 1-613-830-2992 from outside of North America. You'll be able to make special requests, get pet information, and respond to any other accessibility issues.
The government will send you a confirmation email within four hours of booking.
Travelers are encouraged to use the ArriveCan app to prove they've made their reservation.
What are the latest quarantine requirements for travelers?
Before leaving for Canada, air travelers must provide a COVID-19 test to board the plane. Travelers will be tested again for coronavirus after they have arrived in Canada. Under the new measure, which takes effect on February 22, these travelers must wait for their test results at one of the aforementioned government-approved hotels.
Once they get the results, they are responsible for carrying out the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine at their home. From there, they're supposed to take another COVID-19 test in the final days of their quarantine. Test kits and instructions will be provided before travelers leave the airport.
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