Negative COVID-19 test will soon be required at the land border: Trudeau

Negative COVID-19 test will soon be required at the land border: Trudeau

Travelers entering Canada through the land border will soon be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before their arrival, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today.

“Starting February 15, when you come back to Canada through a land border, you will be required to present a 72-hour PCR test, just like air travel,” Trudeau said today during his morning press briefing at the exterior of Rideau Cottage.

The prime minister said border officials cannot legally deny entry to Canadians, including returning snowbirds – but those who show up without proof of a test could face fines of up to $ 3,000 .

“What we can do is if there is no test to show [is] apply a severe penalty, fine and demand and ensure prompt and comprehensive follow-up to ensure that they are tested, that they are properly quarantined, that they do not endanger the safety of other Canadians by returning at home without a negative test, ”Trudeau said.

The new measure comes more than a month after the government announced that air travelers will need proof of negative polymerase chain reaction tests – commonly known as PCR tests – three days before taking their return flight.

Those who land by plane will also soon have to pay for a test after they land. The government promised at the end of January that all air passengers returning from non-essential trips abroad will be required to self-isolate at a federally mandated facility for 72 hours at their expense.

It is still unclear when these new restrictive measures will come into force.

The testing requirement is in addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for returning non-essential travelers.

The government has put in place travel restrictions for most foreign nationals since March 2020.

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