Delays, frustration as travellers re-entering Canada try to navigate mandatory hotel quarantines
Twelve hours before his flight was to leave Monday, Ivan Basurto was on the phone, trying to book a hotel room in Canada — again.
The booking would cost him as much as $2,000 more than he’d bargained for when he first decided to come to Canada for college. But since the penalty for non-compliant travellers under Canada’s Quarantine Act is $3,000, the 26-year-old student from Tijuana, Mexico, wasn’t taking any chances.
“It is quite stressful, mostly because of not wanting to be fined,” Basurto wrote to the Star while he waited on hold on the same government hotline he’d been calling since Friday, trying to secure the hotel accommodation that is now mandatory for travellers entering Canada due to enhanced COVID-19 restrictions.
“It will be (an issue for me) if only the most…