Canadians avoiding hotel quarantines for air travellers fuel taxi boom on U.S. border


U.S. taxi and limousine services are seeing a boom in business from customers seeking to enter Canada by land to avoid a restriction on international travel that applies only to air traffic. While both Canadian land and air travellers are required to take a test within three days of departure, and again on arrival, only those flying to Canada must spend up to three days of the country’s 14-day required quarantine period in a hotel. That has led to a surge of calls for taxi and limousine services from Canadians who fly through U.S. airports in states like New York and then cross over the land border, representatives of four companies told Reuters. “They call from six in the morning to 12 at night,” John Arnet, general manager of 716 Limousine in Buffalo, N.Y. said. “We’ve had so many requests for border crossings that we’re turning them down.” The company now does more business driving Canadians to their homes in Ontario than with U.S. clients. A taxi trip across the border can cost around US$200 or US$250 compared with a three-day hotel stay of more than $961, Canadian travel insurance broker Martin Firestone said.

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