(CNS News) -- To legally enter Canada, travelers must test negative for COVID-19 and must quarantine themselves for 14 days once in the country. If your quarantine plans do not satisfy the government, it can require you to stay in a "federal quarantine facility," according to the Canadian government.
The new rules go into effect today, Jan. 7.
"[A]ll air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada," stated Transport Canada in a press release.
Travelers must show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test using the polymerase chain reaction test, and it must be performed 72 hours before entering the country.
"Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine," said the press release.
The government of Canada further states that it is "increasing surveillance efforts" to ensure that travelers obey the 14-day quarantine rule.
"As has been the case for months, all travellers will have their quarantine plans reviewed by a government official and, if not suitable, will be required to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility," stated the government.
"Violating any instructions provided when you enter Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines," said Transport Canada.
Canada's Minister of Health Patty Hajdu said, “Since the emergence of COVID-19, we have had in place strong measures to prevent the importation of COVID-19 cases. Starting on January 7, we will require travellers coming to Canada to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding their flight."
"The 14-day quarantine will also remain in place," she said. "We can all work together to save lives. Stay in Canada and follow public health guidelines to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.”