The Quarantine Act

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The Quarantine Act

What is the (Canadian) Quarantine Act?

The Quarantine Act is Canada’s response to the corona virus (also known as COVID-19). The main focus of the Quarantine Act (the “Act”) is to prevent the spread of the virus in Canada.

Amongst other regulations, the Act allows border officials to screen travellers at any point of entry. If an official believes a traveller is infected or a traveller displays symptoms, an official may refuse entry to the traveller. A traveller may refuse to be screen by an official. However, if a traveller refuses screening, that traveller may be denied entry into Canada.

What Should Travellers keep in mind?

As of March 28 2020, individuals travelling within Canada by plane or train will be denied entry or boarding if symptoms of corona are displayed by the traveller.

Prior to these domestic travel restrictions, the Canadian government imposed a regulation that required international travellers to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon entry into Canada.

The other duty that a traveller has is to disclose any communicable diseases. In addition, a traveller must disclose whether they have been in close contact or proximity to an infected person.

Upon leaving Canada or leaving a Canadian point of departure, a traveller may need to present themselves to a screening officer for inspection.

What Powers does the Quarantine Act give the Canadian government?

The Canadian government gives power to a quarantine officer to isolate a traveller if the officer believes the traveller is infected.

In some circumstances, a quarantine officer may arrest a traveller without a warrant if a traveller does not comply with certain measures under the Act.

The Canadian government gives power to a quarantine officer to isolate a traveller if the officer believes the traveller is infected.

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