Stricter border controls for travellers to begin Feb. 22

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Tighter border controls will come into effect Feb. 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

In his regular COVID-19 update to Canadians, Trudeau said the goal is not to punish people but to protect people and discourage any non-essential travel.

All those coming into Canada for non-essential reasons were already required to quarantine for 14 days.

Since last month, air travellers have had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their Canada-bound flights. That requirement is also set to be applied at the land border as of Monday.

Beginning Feb. 22, those arriving via the land border must also take another COVID-19 test at the end of their quarantine.

The forced quarantine in a government-approved hotel for air travellers could be followed by a stay in a government-approved isolation facility should they test positive for COVID-19.

Those who test negative can continue on to their previously arranged quarantine location.

Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting Feb. 18.