Omicron: a complicated arrival at the airport for travelers

Omicron: a complicated arrival at the airport for travelers

MISE & Agrave; DAY

If you are preparing to return home or to receive relatives from abroad for the holidays after two long years of separation, know that the federal government is not ready to receive you in the order and harmony at the airport. Only one certainty, expect turbulence.

If you are arriving from the United States

The appearance of the Omicron variant did not change anything. Travelers from the United States should download the ArriveCan app before take off and record their two or three doses of COVID vaccine and the negative result of a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival./p>

Nothing more awaits you upon arrival. This may change, however, as the government is assessing the need for tighter controls at the US border.

If you are arriving from Europe, Asia or South America

In this case, things get complicated.

You must download the ArriveCan application and complete the vaccination and pre-board testing requirements. But on arrival you will be tested again, either at the airport or at home using a self-test.

While waiting for the results, you will have to isolate yourself. You can do this at your connecting point if you have one. You may have to wait up to three days for results. If it is negative, you will have to test yourself again eight days after arrival. If it is positive, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

This rule was supposed to apply a week ago, but is still not implemented. We don't know exactly when it will be. & Nbsp;

If you come from Africa

In this case, nothing is going any more.

Foreigners who have been in Egypt, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe are prohibited from setting foot in Canada until further notice. order.

Canadians and permanent residents are the only ones admitted, but they must be tested before boarding in a country other than the 14 blacklisted.

You will be retested on arrival and placed in a mandatory quarantine hotel.

Expect to have a bad time there without your luggage and malnourished, until you receive negative results and that Public Health authorizes you to leave. It could take more than three days. & Nbsp;

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