On January 29, 2021, the prime minister said that as soon as possible, likely in the coming weeks, the government will be introducing mandatory PCR COVID-19 testing at the airport for people returning to Canada, on top of the pre-boarding test already required. Travellers will then have to wait up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which Trudeau said is expected to be more than $2,000. Those with a negative test will then be able to finish their 14-day quarantine at home, with increased surveillance. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam added that returnees will also be swabbed on day 10. She also said travellers who have been vaccinated abroad will still be subject to the quarantine rules, but added that's under discussion.
Beginning next week, all international passenger flights, including from the US, will land at the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports.
Lastly, PM Trudeau said that, in the coming weeks, Canada will begin requiring non-essential travellers to show a negative test before entry at the land border with the US.
More details regarding the implementation of this announcement will be released soon.