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This is what Canadians need to know about returning to Canada from abroad

Canadians returning to Canada from the US or another country need to know what's in store for them. 

In an attempt to quell the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Canada has closed its border to most travellers and issued numerous travel advisories urging all Canadians abroad to return home.

Canadian Border Services will start introducing more screening measures at airports. 

For Canadian citizens and residents planning to return to Canada here's what you need to know and do. 

The Government of Canada is currently asking Canadians returning from anywhere abroad to self-isolate for 14 days.

The request was issued this past weekend to help limit the spread of COVID-19, which can be transmitted even if the person isn't experiencing any symptoms. 

Self-isolation involves not leaving your house unless "absolutely necessary" as well as avoiding people with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and the elderly. 

In addition to self-isolation, the government recommends self-monitoring for symptoms such as a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

If you experience any symptoms, no matter how minor, continue to self-isolate and call a health care professional or the public health authority in the province or territory where you are located.

Describe your symptoms and travel history. They will provide advice on what you should do. Follow the instructions carefully. 

The government also recommends practicing proper hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and sneezing or coughing into your sleeve. 

Those travelling home by air will also be subject to a basic health assessment by the airline. If the airline determines that you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you will not be allowed onto the flight.

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