New travel restrictions have recently been enacted at Canadian airports and it is requiring travelers to quarantine at a restricted list of hotels, on their own dime, for at least three days or until they receive and can show the negative COVID-19 test result.
It is causing a lot of anxiety and stress for individuals who are trying to get back home and who cannot get through or figure out a way to book a stay at the hotels. Some have had to spend hours, 10+ hours or more, in trying to get through to get an agent to book a room at one of the approved hotels.
You cannot just go through and directly book a room with the hotel. A government phone line has been established for travelers to contact and make those arrangements. This is what is fueling the increase in wait times for those who are trying to get through and get a room booked. As well, some have been seeing hotel charges in the thousands of dollars, it is something that many might not be prepared to handle but they’ve got no choice if they want to travel to Canada.
So far there are at least 11 hotels that have been approved for travelers to stay in as a part of this quarantine measure. Since the list was first announced it has been growing and adding other venues.
The list of approved hotels in Vancouver for quarantine include:
- Abercorn Inn Vancouver Airport
- Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
- Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
- Quality Hotel Airport South Hill
- Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport
- Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
- Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport
- the Days Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
- the Fairmont Vancouver Airport
- the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
- the Radisson Vancouver Airport.
It isn’t clear if more hotels might be added to the list later as it has already grown to include more from the original few that got named.
For those travelers that test negative and show the results they will reportedly be able to complete their 14-day quarantine at home with enhanced supervision, or they can choose to continue on to their final destination.