Feds raise fines for air passengers skipping their mandatory hotel quarantine

Passengers refusing to take the mandatory COVID-19 test would be subject to the same fines.

Fines for skipping Canada’s mandatory hotel quarantine have gone up.

In an announcement on Thursday, the Federal Government said international air passengers now face fines of up to $5,000 for refusing to stay in quarantine at one of their approved hotels.

Passengers refusing to take the mandatory COVID-19 test would be subject to the same fines.

The previous fine was set at $3,000.

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The feds introduced the hotel quarantine program back in February, mandating air passengers to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and spend up to three days of their 14-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel to wait for COVID-19 test results.

Under the rules, passengers need to call ahead and pre-book a hotel room, at an approved hotel.

The announcement Thursday comes after a federal advisory panel recommendation last week that said the government should end its hotel quarantine rules.