These Are The Travel Rules In Quebec Right Now — Because This Is All Very Confusing

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These Are The Travel Rules In Quebec Right Now — Because This Is All Very Confusing

As the pandemic continues to intensify in Canada and new restrictions come into effect, we've put together this outline of the current travel rules that apply in Quebec, both federal and provincial.

Travel has dominated headlines in recent days as government ministers face consequences for vacationing abroad while authorities continue to discourage non-essential travel.

Social media accounts have also sprung up to call out influencers who appear to travel despite public health advice.

There has also been controversy regarding a benefit that allows some travellers to claim financial aid.

Even though they can seem like an endlessly confusing jumble of overlapping pages, government websites are still the best source for the most up-to-date information on travel rules and restrictions.

With that in mind, here's what's currently being enforced.

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Can I travel within Quebec?

All non-essential interregional travel is discouraged.

For red zone residents, non-essential travel to regions of different alert levels is especially "not recommended."

Orange and red zone residents who do travel must continue to apply their zone's measures in other regions.*

The government website states that "interregional travel is allowed in the case of green and yellow regions" but "caution is advised for persons travelling temporarily in a region with a higher alert level."

Some regions have other restrictions and rules for travellers.

Those headed to Nunavik, for example, must obtain "access authorization," undergo multiple COVID-19 tests, and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, among other requirements.

The most recent restrictions for each region can be found online.

Can I travel throughout Canada?

The Government of Quebec doesn't recommend non-essential travel. Otherwise, there are different rules in different parts of the country.

While the Atlantic provinces have travel restrictions in place for those arriving from elsewhere in Canada, the federal government states that "there are currently no specific restrictions for interprovincial travel to and from Quebec and Ontario."

New Brunswick has also allowed some essential travel from specific Quebec border communities.

In Quebec, "there are no preventive isolation measures for people arriving from other Canadian provinces," the provincial government says.

The situation is subject to change and travellers should check official sources for the most up-to-date rules in their destination.

Can I travel outside Canada?

The federal government says residents should "avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice."

Those who do travel outside the country have to follow some strict rules before and upon their return.

First, they must fill out the federal government's ArriveCan app before their arrival.

As of January 7, air passengers will also "be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada."

Finally, when they return to Canada, travellers must quarantine for 14 days.

Those in quarantine have to confirm they've arrived at their quarantine location "within 48 hours of [their] entry into Canada" and then "complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments."

What is the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)?

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) has been in the news a lot recently and the government is "looking at all available options" to amend it, according to federal Minister of Employment Carla Qualtrough.

The benefit, first announced in September, provides up to $1,000 to people who "are unable to work at least 50% of [their] scheduled work week" because "they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19."

The full list of eligibility requirements is online.

Even though the government discourages non-essential travel, those who travel abroad are among those who may qualify, according to multiple reports.

"The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit was never intended to incentivize or encourage Canadians to not follow public health or international travel guidelines," Qualtrough wrote in a statement.

"We continue to strongly urge all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel."

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

*This article has been updated.

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