Ron Daymond and Evelyn Herskovitz were stunned when they were ordered to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the Canadian land border on May 22 following a day-trip to Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The fully vaccinated couple said a border officer told them they must quarantine because they didn’t fill out the ArriveCAN app.
“It’s ludicrous,” said Herskovitz from her home in Montreal. “People don’t even have to quarantine for 14 days now when they have COVID, so it doesn’t make any sense.”
The federal government has dropped most travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people. However, it still requires them to use the ArriveCAN mobile app or desktop version to submit their travel and COVID-19-related health information within 72 hours before their arrival to Canada.
Travellers who fail to do so could face a 14-day quarantine and even a $5,000 fine.
Some politicians say it’s time to axe the app because it creates hassles for travellers and hampers tourism.