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Canada to end pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for incoming travelers

Published March 17, 2022 at 10:44am EDT
Updated on March 17, 2022 at 11:50am EDT

Beginning April 1, fully vaccinated passengers traveling to Canada will no longer require a COVID-19 test prior to arrival.

The Canadian government announced that the new measures would affect arriving travelers at all ports of entry. Although the pre-arrival testing requirements will be dropped, the government can still randomly test passengers on arrival. Random tests will aim to identify and track COVID-19 variants. If fully vaccinated passengers are selected for testing on arrival, they will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their results.

Travel industry advocates in Canada have lobbied against the testing requirements, as their cost could deter travelers. The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable called the testing requirement a “non-science-based” constraint. A COVID-19 test can cost around $200 CAD for a molecular test and less than $100 for an antigen test. The group cited the fact that some countries have already dropped their testing requirements, such as the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland and Ireland.

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Canada had already eased testing requirements on 28 February. Currently, passengers traveling to Canada must produce a pre-arrival antigen test within 24 hours of either flight departure or arrival at the land border. Antigen testing must be approved by the country the traveler is coming from, and it cannot be done at home. Alternatively, travelers can take a molecular test within 72 hours of arrival in Canada. Passengers will have to upload documents through the Arivacan app before crossing the border.

Also as of February 28, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 entering Canada will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks.

The vaccine mandate remains in effect for travelers coming to Canada. Fully vaccinated approved permanent resident, temporary resident and visitor visa holders can enter the country. Foreign illiterate travelers may come to Canada only under certain circumstances listed on the government’s website, such as Ukrainian citizens, temporary foreign workers who come to work in farming or food processing, and those who regularly cross the border for work. travel, among others. Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers will still need to be tested on arrival and quarantined for 14 days. They will also have to test on the eighth day of quarantine.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, the Canadian government requires travelers to have the full recommended dose of an approved vaccine. At this time, a booster shot is not required. The last dose must be taken within 14 days of arrival in Canada. Passengers will have to upload their proof of vaccination on the ArriveCAN app.

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