Canada re-imposes quarantine requirements on all travelers from outside the United States

On November 30, 2021 Canada announced sweeping new testing and quarantine requirements on all air travelers entering Canada from all countries other than the United States. At a date to be announced shortly, all travelers from outside the United States will be required to:

  • Take a COVID test on arrival.
  • Remain in quarantine until the results of the test are available.

These measures apply regardless of vaccination status, and apply to Canadian citizens as well as non-citizens.

In addition, non-Canadian travelers from ten African countries will be banned from entering Canada at all.These countries include South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Egypr, Malawi, and Nigeria.The ban applies to any person who has been in these countries for the previous 14 days. Canadian citizens and permanent residents may still travel to Canada, but will be subject to on-arrival testing and mandatory quarantine in a designated facility.

This is a sharp reversal from Canada’s previous opposition to travel bans as a means of fighting COVID.