Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet are expected to announce more details about incoming travel restrictions Friday morning.
A spokesperson for the prime minister said Trudeau will have more details on restrictions for returning travellers — both air and land — at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Procurement Minister Anita Anand, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Health Minister Patty Hajdu will have more details at 12:15 ET.
CBC News will carry both news conferences live.
Last month the government announced air travellers returning from non-essential trips abroad will have to isolate in a federally mandated facility for up to 72 hours — at their own expense — while they await the results of a polymerase chain reaction test, commonly known as a PCR test.
It’s hasn’t been clear when those new measures come into place.
The testing requirement is in addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for returning non-essential travellers. The government has had travel restrictions on most foreign nationals in place since March 2020
Earlier this week the prime minister announced that as of Feb. 15, non-essential travellers entering Canada through the land border will soon need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival.
Border officers can’t legally deny entry to Canadians, but those who show up without proof of a test could face fines of up to $3,000, he said.