To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, travellers to Canada have to use the ArriveCAN app before and after entering the country. It has now become a mandatory requirement for everyone who is planning to travel or migrate to Canada.
ArriveCAN, a free app released in April 2020, is available now as a mobile app or by logging in online. A government press release said that this app is an initiative to help travellers abide by the border measures and to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
Before Arriving at Canada Border:
From 21st November 2020, people who are travelling to Canada, have to submit their information on ArriveCAN before boarding the flight. The documents include travel information, person of contact, quarantine plan and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment report.
Receipt of ArriveCAN is to be shown to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers while seeking entry to Canada. They will verify whether the traveller has submitted these documents digitally or not.
Failing to comply with the rules will result in a verbal warning to a $1,000 fine.
Travellers who are unable to submit documents due to personal reasons like disability or inadequate infrastructure will be provided exceptions.
From 4th November 2020, travellers are reminded by air carriers that they have to submit their Covid information digitally through ArriveCAN before boarding their flight.
After Entering Canada
On entering Canada, travellers need to submit their information through ArriveCAN or they can call the toll free number 1-833-641-0343 to confirm that they have reached their quarantine place and give a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.
In case, travellers who don’t have ArriveCAN will be required to call 1-833-641-0343 daily to provide their information. Canadian Law enforcement has put travellers on the high priority list if they had not submitted their information
The Canadian government has stated that they have taken this step to reduce the spread of Covid-19. All travellers must have to go through a mandatory 14 days. They also stressed that ArriveCAN does not have any GPS to track its travellers and maintain their privacy.