February 24, 2021

COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover | It is not CAD 2,000 as previously announced!

The Government of Canada has introduced further measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. This is in addition to the mandatory negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure time. 

COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover
Photo by Markus Winkler from Burst

Effective February 22, 2021, all travelers to Canada (with limited exemptions) will also be required to:

  • reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
  • stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
  • pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for:
    • food
    • security
    • transportation
    • infection prevention and control measures
The cost for the hotel stay and other associated costs varies depending on the location. Full details here

List of government-authorized hotels
Hotel stopover bookings are managed by GB Travel Canada Inc., and are available by phone only. Bookings can't be made directly with the hotelAll hotels will be located near one of the 4 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights:

Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)

  • Alt Hotel Pearson Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton and Element Toronto Airport
  • Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
  • Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Acclaim Hotel
  • Marriott Calgary Airport
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Aloft Montreal Airport
  • Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Airport
  • Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal

If your flight to Canada is scheduled within the next 48 hours, call to reserve and pay for your mandatory 3-night hotel stopover:

  • 1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America)
  • 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America)

Regular hours of operation: 8 am to 11 pm ET, 7 days a week. Calls received after hours will be limited to emergencies.

You'll be able to choose from the listed hotel locations and be required to provide:

  • traveller name(s)
  • date(s) of birth
  • gender (male, female, or undisclosed)
  • arrival city and date
  • payment information
  • special requests and accessibility concerns
  • pet information
  • email address

Travellers will receive email confirmation of their accommodation within 4 hours of booking.

Costs of these hotel stopovers may vary by location. The price will include costs associated with the:

  • food
  • room
  • security
  • transportation
  • infection prevention and control measures
According to this CBC Report, the cost is actually less than CAD2,000 as previously announced. We will be gathering information regarding the actual charges specially for those with dependents traveling to Canada and will update this post.

Useful links when planning a travel to Canada:
Hava a safe flight to Canada! :-)