Canadians are used to driving across the border into the U.S. to find cheaper airfare – even to get other places inside Canada. Flying from Canada to Mexico and back to Canada used to be known among frequent flyers as ‘the Mexican Hat Dance’. And the challenge of sky high fares for Canadians may get worse in the future with Air Canada acquiring Transat.
However Canadians have a new reason to make use of U.S. airports: a loophole that allows them to circumvent mandatory quarantine on arrival.
- Canada will only allow international flights into four airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal
- They’re required to take a PCR test on arrival, and wait in a federal quarantine hotel for the results.
- The three nights, including meals, costs CAD$2000
However federal hotel quarantine doesn’t apply to land crossings. Despite the land border closing Canadians have been allowed to cross to return home. So Canadians in the United States, spending time during the winter in warmer locations like Arizona and Florida, have been flying to U.S. cities near the Canadian border and getting a car to drive across (or just taking a cab to the border).
This saves them the cost and restriction of government hotel quarantine. And far from a hassle, it’s added convenience because there are only four airports to fly into from the U.S. while there are over 100 land border crossings (as well as places to legally cross the border without going through a checkpoint).