Thousands of Canadian Travellers May Be Back Home Before Hotel Quarantines Begin

Mark Stachiew, Open Jaw

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By the time Ottawa's recently-announced mandatory hotel quarantine rules come into force, the majority of sun-destination vacationers — apart from thousands of snowbirds — may already have returned home.

While the federal government has yet to announce an official starting date for the policy to come into effect, Anne-Sophie Hamel, the Director of media relations with Aéroports de Montréal told The Montreal Gazette that the new quarantine measures should start in the coming weeks

The Gazette also reported that a government website has informed Canadian hotel operators that the application process to be a quarantine site will be posted soon and that they can "submit applications as soon as the process opens.”

Canada's airlines are already sending empty planes south to repatriate their customers and the last flights are scheduled to end by 14FEB, possibly before the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement begins.

In anticipation of the new mandatory hotel quarantine requirement, all international flights to Canada began landing Friday in just one of four airports: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary or Vancouver.

This now includes flights from the U.S, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, that had been previously been exempt from this restriction.

Mark Stachiew

Mark Stachiew Editor

Mark Stachiew is a Montreal-based travel journalist who's been exploring and writing about the world for more than 30 years. When he's not travelling somewhere or grappling with words on a page, he curates his own collection of travel gear.

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