A Toronto area woman has been forced into self-isolation for 14 days after returning from a day trip to the United States and forgetting to fill out her ArrivCan app.
Laurie Fonseca spent only seven hours shopping across the border in Buffalo, New York, but was quarantined for two weeks when a fully vaccinated Mississauga woman and her friend were returning to Canada at the Rainbow Bridge crossing for not pre-registering. was asked to do. on the Arivacan app.
“It was like getting kicked in the stomach,” Fonseca told CTV News Toronto on Thursday. “I’m basically tied up in my house for 14 days and I’m a Canadian citizen, fully vaccinated – it just doesn’t make sense to me at all.”
Canada Border Services said in a release Tuesday that the ArrivCan app is “compulsory for all travelers, regardless of whether travelers enter by land/air/sea or how long they are away from Canada.”
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act will not be denied entry if they do not submit their information to the ArrivCan app, but they will not be eligible for the Fully Vaccinated Traveler Waiver, making them accessible to the public. Additional delays may be encountered at the border. May be subject to health inquiries and fines or enforcement action.
Fonseca says she asked a CBSA officer if she could park her car and fill out the registration, but was denied.
Fonseca’s travel companion will be missed at an important family event because of the imposed quarantine, she says.
Fonseca said, “On December 14, at 9 pm, she has received a flight back to England for her brother’s 60th birthday.” “The border guard said, ‘Okay, she won’t go because the quarantine ends at 11:59 pm'”
Canada Border Services declined to speak on the specifics of the matter, but highlighted that it is essential to fill out the ArriveCAN app and do your homework before traveling across the border.
With files from Austin Delaney of CTV News Toronto.