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Can two people flying back to Canada together quarantine in the same hotel room?

Last Updated Mar 30, 2021 at 5:43 am PDT

The airport hotel is shown as people walk outside with their luggage at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The Canadian government has made it mandatory for international travellers arriving in Canada to quarantine at isolation hotels while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Summary

Up to four people can quarantine in the same room if they are travelling back to Canada together

Special quarantine rates government-approved hotels charge typically go up based on how many people are using the room

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Question:

Ross Spencer asks: “Can a husband and wife returning to Canada from the USA by air quarantine in the same hotel room, or do they have to be in separate rooms? Also do they each have to pay the $2,000+ for the accommodation, even if they can stay together?”

Answer: 

First off: No, you don’t have to pay for separate hotel rooms if you are travelling together back to Canada from the U.S. with someone. In fact, you can have up to four people in the same room.

Most government-approved hotels will accept online booking up to two weeks in advance of arrival, and the special quarantine rates they charge go up based on how many people are using the room.

Secondly: While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau initially said the cost of these mandatory three-day hotel stays was “expected to be more than $2,000”, in practise, it’s usually far less.

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Just like a normal booking, a government-mandated stay at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Vancouver won’t cost you as much as staying in a Travelodge.

Quarantine rates more typically land in the $1,000 range for three days, which includes food, COVID-19 testing, security, transportation, and other costs. So if only two people are using the room, it’s very unlikely the cost would run above $2,000 per person.

By the way, if you get a negative test back before your three day stay is up, you will not be refunded for the time you didn’t use.

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