Canada has introduced new quarantine requirements, starting February 22nd, requiring that some travelers entering the country stay at specific quarantine hotels until their molecular COVID test result is available (expected to take up to three days).

What I haven't been able to determine is if this applies only to Canadian residents returning from travel (many sources have positioned it this way), or also to non-residents entering under e.g., the family member or compassionate exemptions?

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    Why wouldn't they? What kind of sensible quarantine procedure excludes people based on nationality?
    – user253751
    Feb 18 at 11:20
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    are you interested in both air travel and arrival at land borders? The rules you're describing apply to air travel (as @DJClayworth's answer says). For land borders, the new rules going into effect soon are that (1) all entering travelers will need proof of a negative COVID test from the preceding 72 hours, (2) 14-day quarantine after arrival. No hotels etc.
    – Ben Bolker
    Feb 18 at 15:30
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    @user253751 Assuming government regulations are sensible might not be a good starting place. Feb 18 at 17:36
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    I would expect possibly even harsher requirements for non-residents than for residents, certainly not softer ones. Feb 19 at 1:07
  • @AzorAhai-him- You can't assume old government regulations are still sensible, but they rarely put regulations in place without a reason.
    – user253751
    Feb 19 at 9:10

The announcements of these regulations state they apply to

all air travellers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions

I would assume you have to comply with these regulations unless you have specifically been told you do not.

  • They also don’t apply at land borders although you’d still have to do a 14 day quarantine, even if you’re already vaccinated.
    – JonathanReez
    Feb 18 at 1:49
  • But if you are arriving at a land border, maybe there would be more exceptions? At least that’s what I’m wondering.
    – Alex
    Feb 18 at 9:49

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