Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory COVID-19 quarantine measures that require most travellers – including citizens returning home – to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

The compulsory quarantine order is now in effect until at least 31 August, while the travel ban for most other foreign travellers is extended to at least 31 July.

The measures were set to expire on 30 June.

Reuters reports that travel by US citizens are covered under a separate agreement, which was extended to keep the US-Canada border closed to all non-essential travel until at least 21 July.

According to the news agency, US citizens who are not deemed essential are still subject to the quarantine.

Failure to comply with the quarantine order can result in a maximum fine of up to CAD 750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

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