From 12:01 a.m. on February 28, Canada is allowing travelers to enter the country with a pre-arrival antigen test.
Earlier, passengers were required to have a molecular test, such as a PCR test, taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight or arrival at the border.
All travelers to Canada who are five years of age and older still need a COVID-19 test before crossing the border. The new measures allow arriving passengers to provide an antigen test result within one day from arrival at their scheduled flight or land border. The test cannot be performed at home, must be performed by a laboratory, healthcare unit, or telehealth service, and must be authorized by the country in which it was purchased. PCR tests are still accepted. No rules have changed for pre-arrival PCR tests.
In addition to removing the need for PCR testing, unvaccinated children will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days, and international flights will resume at all airports.
If you have been cured of COVID-19
Passengers who continue to test positive for COVID-19 even after recovery are allowed to board the aircraft, subject to certain conditions. You are required to provide a positive COVID-19 molecular test on a sample collected at least 10 days before entering Canada and more than 180 days before as part of the pre-arrival testing requirements.
All passengers will still have to submit their mandatory information through ArriveCAN. Arriving travelers can use the desktop of the mobile app to present proof of vaccination in either English or French, and access a quarantine plan before arriving in Canada.
Travelers who have not been fully vaccinated
Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers will be required to quarantine at a suitable location for 14 days, and on arrival and on the 8th day to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test.
fully vaccinated passengers
Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Canada, provided they meet the following criteria:
- meet pre-penetration test requirements;
- have no symptoms;
- Submit all required COVID-19 information to ArriveCAN and submit your ArriveCAN receipt, pre-departure test results and paper or digital
- Proof of vaccination documents before boarding your flight to Canada;
- They have an appropriate quarantine plan in place if they don’t qualify for the exemption.
Mandatory random test on arrival
Border Service Officers may randomly select you for the Compulsory Arrival Test.
If you are fully vaccinated and randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test, you will be required to take the arrival test as directed on the day you enter Canada. You can get tested at the airport, or officials can give you a self-swab kit within 24 hours of entering the country at the airport or land border.
If you are selected at random for the On-Arrival Test, you need not wait for the results. You can travel to your final destination and take connecting flights, and you don’t need to quarantine while you wait for your results.
The Government of Canada says you can speed up the process by registering in advance with a test provider for the airport, which you will be reached using the same email address you used for ArriveCAN.
Revised quarantine for children above 12 years of age
Children under 12 years of age who are not fully vaccinated, fully vaccinated or traveling with medically exempt adults will be exempted from quarantine. They no longer need to wait 14 days before attending school, camp or daycare.
These children can be selected for mandatory random testing on arrival, but will not be required to quarantine while awaiting test results.
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