Exemptions from mandatory quarantine in Canada

Travelling overseas has become a hassle since the coronavirus pandemic. You may travel to Canada only if you are exempt from travel restrictions. Regardless, you need to quarantine for 14 days. Moreover, if you are travelling by air, you must spend the first three days in a quarantine-hotel. Despite all the restrictions, some people may enjoy exemptions from mandatory quarantine in Canada. Let’s explore the exemptions.

Who has to quarantine or isolate in Canada?

Generally speaking, every traveller to Canada must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. Of course, this could change based on the COVID-19 policies. If you show symptoms and you are a foreign national, you may not travel to Canada. However, as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may travel, but you have to isolate yourself. The isolation means more restrictions compared to quarantine. For example, they may transfer you to a government-run facility. Just as a reminder, if you are travelling by air, you must stay the first three days of your quarantine in a designated hotel. I have explained the process in a separate article.

Exemptions from mandatory quarantine in Canada

You may enjoy exemptions if you are travelling to Canada and you

  • provide essential services
  • maintain the flow of essential goods or people
  • are receiving medical care within 36 hours of entering Canada (non-related to COVID-19)
  • regularly cross the border to work
  • live in an integrated trans-border community

However, you must follow the local restrictive measures. Ironically, those measures could include quarantine. Regardless, you must also

  • keep a list of all close contacts in the first 14 days of your stay
  • wear a mask in public places

To see a detailed list of exemptions, visit the IRCC website.

How to handle travel restrictions

Regardless of exemptions from quarantine, you must be able to travel to Canada in the first place.  Make sure to check out the IRCC website for more information on travel restrictions. However, you may find the following articles helpful:

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