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Do I have to self-isolate after entering Canada if I test negative for COVID-19?

FILE - Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Negative COVID-19 test results won't exempt international travellers form self-isolation

Travellers must present a self-isolation plan when arriving in Canada

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Debby: “If I have a negative COVID test in the last 24 hours, can I cross from the U.S. into Canada and not self-isolate for 2 weeks?”



Everyone entering Canada must self-isolate for 14 days, with only a few exceptions made for air crews, some health-care workers, people coming for some medical services, individuals whose presence has been deemed in the national interest by federal ministers and a few others.

Presenting recent negative test results do not exempt you from self isolation.

International travellers arriving in B.C. have to present a self-isolation plan by filling out an ArriveCan application before or at the time of their arrival. They can do so using the ArriveCan app.

A self-isolation plan must show the traveller has a location to hunker down for 14 days, how they will get there and how they will get the food, medication and other supplies they need without leaving.

Some essential service workers can leave self isolation to work if their presence has been deemed critical to operations and if they meet the criteria laid out by the provincial health officer.

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