Quarantine hotels in Montreal: prices, refund possibilities, tips

Quarantine hotels in Montreal: prices, refund possibilities, tips

Complete up-to-date information on the mandatory quarantine hotel stopover program for visitors to the Province of Quebec.

From this article you will learn:

  • rules and up-to-date program updates;
  • what are the conditions of accommodation in a quarantine hotel;
  • quarantine accommodation rates in Montreal hotels;
  • which hotels refund a portion of the room rate;
  • useful sources on the subject of quarantine hotels.

Quarantine hotel program rules

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has mandated that everyone who crosses into Canada by air must take a coronavirus test, with the test results waiting at an approved quarantine hotel near the airport of arrival. The only way to avoid this measure is if the person arriving is vaccinated with a government-approved vaccine. The rule takes effect from 5 July 2021.

Quarantine hotels offer special accommodation rates for guests awaiting test results. Staying in a hotel is compulsory, and you need to book and pay for the hotel before arrival in the country. Reservations and payment receipts will definitely be checked with border guards, so print a confirmation or have an email or a screenshot ready to show to the government official at the border.

According to official rules, if rooms are not available for the dates you choose, you must change your flight to a date when a government-authorized hotel will be available. Therefore, we advise you to buy your tickets and book your hotel at the same time. Moreover, only people staying in the same room can stay in the same family. If you do not adhere to the rules and do not provide proof of pre-booked and prepaid accommodation in a quarantined hotel, you could face fines of up to $5,000 CAD.

Application for entry to Canada

All travel information, quarantine plan, possible COVID-19 symptoms, and contact information must be listed on the ArriveCAN app (available for iOS and Android). Travellers will be required to present the ArriveCAN receipt when entering Canada to Canada Border Services officers.

On July 5, a new version of the app will be released that will allow you to download proof of vaccination (when the vaccination was given, where, type of vaccine). This is guaranteed to keep you out of the quarantine hotel.

Quarantine tariff

It is mandatory to book a room at a quarantine hotel at the special GAA rate (in some NGAA hotels). This is a fully prepaid non-refundable rate and includes taxi transfer from the airport to the hotel, accommodation and meals.

Not all hotels can be booked online at this rate; a number of hotels accept reservations by telephone only. If you wish, you can also reserve and pay for the mandatory three-day hotel stay through the central reservation line by room:

  • 1-800-294-8253 is the line for North America;
  • 1-613-830-2992 — international line;
  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week.

If a negative test result is obtained before the end of your mandatory three-day quarantine stay, travelers are allowed to leave the hotel for any other location for further self-isolation. However, the balance of your stay is non-refundable in most hotels, but we have found exceptions to the rule, we will tell you about them next.

Rates and return options at quarantined hotels in Montreal

Immigrant.Today has conducted a thorough survey of quarantine hotels in the province of Quebec. The table below shows the current rates and the possibility of a partial refund if the test results come back earlier than three days.

Hotel Room rate for 3 nights Possibility of return
Days Inn by Wyndham Montreal Airport Conference Centre $893 CAD no
Baymont by Wyndham Montreal Airport $900 CAD no
Best Western Montréal Aéroport-Airport Hotel $954 CAD no
Ramada Plaza Hotel $1 036 CAD no
Comfort Inn Dorval $1 071 CAD no
Comfort Inn Pointe-Claire $1 094 CAD no
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton $1 100 CAD no
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Airport $1 100 CAD no data
Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport $1 118 CAD no
DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport $1 150 CAD Yes
Quality Inn & Suites P.E. Trudeau Airport $1 195 CAD no
Novotel Montreal Airport $1 200 CAD no
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport $1 237 CAD Yeah, for last night.
Marriott Courtyard Airport Montreal $1 339 CAD

Yeah, for last night.

Marriott Residence Inn Airport Montreal $1 411 CAD Yeah, for last night.
Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal $1 685 CAD Yeah, for last night.

Refund procedure for unused nights in a quarantine hotel

We personally went through the refund procedure when we invited a relative. She was accommodated in DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, the cost with all taxes was $1 150 CAD. On the second day, the results of the COVID-19 test became known and after the second night of stay we checked out of the hotel. The management promised to refund part of the money to the credit card within a few days.

That's what happened, the cost to stay in a quarantined hotel in Canada was $767 CAD, here's the card statement:

Card statement for the cost of a quarantined hotel

How to bypass quarantine hotels?

At this time, the only known way to legally circumvent Canada's quarantine policy is to come to Canada by car from America. If you have a U.S. visa, you can fly into the U.S. and then order a taxi to bring you to Canada. If you choose this method of crossing into Canada, you will also need to take a coronavirus test and be quarantined for 2 weeks, but no quarantine hotels.

Useful resources

Along with a successful vaccination campaign, the situation in the country is changing for the better — restrictions are gradually easing. We hope that quarantine hotels will soon become history, but for now it is reality, we share with you the resources where the most up-to-date information about the program appears:

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