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Ottawa reminds Canadian visitors Re-entry required the ArriveCAN app

For re-entry, the ArriveCAN app is necessary says Ottawa

Key takeaways:

  • The Canadian government is encouraging travelers to use the ArriveCAN app to re-enter the country.
  • It wasn’t until February 22, 2021, that both air and land travelers were required to use the ArriveCAN app. 

Following stories of vaccinated Canadians being forced to quarantine as a consequence of uncertainty at the Canada-US land border, the federal government is encouraging Canadian tourists to utilize the ArriveCAN app for re-entry into the nation.

“I’d also like to remind all travelers, Canadians and foreign nationals, who travel by land, air, or water for long or short trips to submit their health and travel information in the free ArriveCAN application or website before arriving in Canada,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos at a COVID-19 press conference on Friday. “This is a requirement.”

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Following their failure to record their travel through the government app, numerous vaccinated Canadian individuals were warned they would have to quarantine at home for 14 days.

Rules were revised last month to allow fully vaccinated Canadians who re-enter the country within 72 hours to do so without having to provide a negative PCR test. 

Travelers must, however, enter mandatory information on the ArriveCAN app before landing in Canada, such as proof of vaccination, date of travel, and quarantine plan.

ArriveCAN app must be used by Canadians to re-enter Canada
ArriveCAN app must be used by Canadians to re-enter Canada

“Foreign nationals who do not submit their information through ArriveCan risk being denied entrance to Canada,” says the website “According to Duclos. “Canadians who do not submit their information through ArriveCan will not be eligible for exemptions and may experience additional delays and fines at the border.”

When ArriveCAN was launched in November 2020, it was solely required for air travelers. Prior to boarding their trip back to Canada, passengers had to input their information. 

Those crossing the border by land and water were given ArriveCAN to use during their quarantine or isolation period.

It wasn’t until February 22, 2021, that both air and land travelers were required to use the ArriveCAN app. The condition was announced nine months before the land border between Canada and the United States opened to Canadians.

Source: CTV News

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