Arrivals into Canada, including citizens returning home from abroad, must now present proof of a negative PCR test before being permitted to board their flight into the country. All still have to go into a 14-day quarantine, and this has dramatically reduced medical travel to and from the country.
If Canadians go to Cuba, the Caymans, USA or Mexico for medical treatment they have to quarantine on their return, and this has significantly reduced outbound numbers.
Canada has renewed the ban on tourism and the land border closure with the USA until late February and this is expected to continue for many months.
The Canadian government is increasing surveillance to ensure travellers entering Canada complete the applicable mandatory 14-day quarantine period under the Quarantine Act. All travellers have their quarantine plans reviewed by a government official and, if not suitable, are required to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility.
Calgary airport is running it’s ‘test to release’ pilot program me that allows returning Canadians to take a PCR test at the airport upon arrival and quarantine for 12-48 hours awaiting results. After receiving a negative result, they can leave quarantine early.
For Canadians returning home, getting a PCR test in a foreign country may be a challenge, but both Cancun in Mexico and Cuba are helping Canadians to get a timely test.
Canada inbound, domestic and outbound medical tourism is at an almost standstill but, when borders open, a demand surge is expected.