From November 21 onwards, those who travel to Canada must use the ArriveCAN app. The new rule is part of the country’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. According to a media release issued by the Government of Canada, the free app was introduced for the first time in April 2020, with an aim to help travellers comply with the border measures. It can either be used as a mobile app or one can sign in to the app online.
What should you do with ArriveCAN app before arriving in Canada?
You need to do the following things before you arrive at the border. Before boarding the flight to Canada, you must submit important information through the ArriveCAN app, which include travel and contact information, quarantine plan and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. The travellers need to submit their ArriveCAN receipt while seeking entry to Canada. Then the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers will digitally verify the information submitted by the travellers.
Those who do not meet the requirements related to ArriveCAN app may be subject to enforcement action ranging from verbal warning to a fine of $1,000. However, those who are unable to submit the documents owing to personal circumstances including disability or inadequate infrastructure will be exempted from these requirements.
From November 4 onwards, air travellers will receive reminders from their air carrier that they need to submit COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN before boarding the flight to Canada. So those who travel to Canada are encouraged to use ArriveCAN in order to avoid delay.
After arriving in Canada
Except those who are exempted, all travellers to Canada are required by law to undergo a 14-day quarantine period. The travellers need to confirm that they have arrived at their place of quarantine within 48 hours of arriving in Canada. During the quarantine period, it is mandatory for them to submit their information daily through the ArriveCAN app. Those who have not used the ArriveCAN app before boarding the flight to Canada need to submit their daily information by dialing the toll-free number: 1-833-641-0343. It would not be possible for them to use the ArriveCAN app. Those travellers who do not submit their mandatory information will be considered as a high priority for follow up by the Canadian law enforcement.
Canada government is undertaking these measures with an aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19, delays at the border, and physical contact between travellers, CBSA officers, and other government officials. The Canada government has also made it clear that ArriveCAN respects traveller’s privacy and does not contain a GPS to track the movements of travellers.
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